Rabat, Morocco (TMT) – Ms. Soumia Benkhaldoun, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, finally spoke out about her divorce decision, following the piece of news sparking a lot of debate and controversy in Morocco, especially that Morocco’s opposition started to politicize her case with Hamid Chabat, the Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party, saying recently in the wake of a party rally in the city of Errachidia that “Morocco has an Islamist womanizer minister [referring to the Moroccan Minister of Relations with the Parliament & Civil Society, Mr Habib Choubani] that forced another minister [referring to Benkhaldoun] to divorce from her husband in her 50′s, after 30 years of marriage, and despite having 4 kids and being a grandma.”
Ms. Soumia Benkhaldoun said that “no third party should poke its nose in my divorce, which is a personal choice, nothing to do with my ministerial duties.“
The Moroccan minister further stressed that “contrary to the truth, and in flagrant violation of the ethics of Islam and the traditions of the Moroccan people, who are well-known for respecting the sanctity of families and the private life of individuals, Mr. Hamid Chabat, the Secretary General of the Party of Independence poked his nose into the subject of my divorce, blatantly lying, distorting, and overly magnifying the subject, in a bet for him to make it a political discourse and a part of Morocco’s public affairs.”
“On this occasion, I stress that the divorce was a very natural solution that came as a result of the difficulties I encountered with my former husband, especially that there was no way around to keep our marriage. Those problems are well-known to my family and the family of my husband, who have been witnessing our problems for years now. Again, I stress that no third party should poke its nose in my divorce. It is a purely personal choice, nothing to do with the public affairs of Morocco and my ministerial duties,” Benkhaldoune added.
“I seize the opportunity to express my deep regret vis-à-vis the low nadir and the decadence the political discourse in Morocco has reached, in a blatant disrespect to the enshrined Moroccan tradition of respecting the sanctity of families and the private life of individuals,” Benkhaldoune closed.
It is worth reminding that Chabat called Mr. Choubani, who like Ms. Benkhaldoune belongs to the PJD, “a womanizer, who destroyed a minister’s nest, after 30 years of marriage, and despite having 4 kids and being a grandma.”
The Moroccan Times.