Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- After almost 6 months of political stalemate, the newly appointed head of government Saadeddine Othmani, vice-secretary general of the PJD party, said he agreed with five other parties to form a government coalition.
The former head of government, Abdellilah Benkirane, has formerly staunchly refused to include the UC and USFP parties, stressing that he “won’t betray and let people who voted for him down.”
But few days after his relieving from his duties by King Mohammed VI after months of political deadlock, a u-turn has been witnessed as his successor Othmani softened his speech and was quick to accept the USFP ad UC parties in a would-be government.
The piece of news was met by an outrage from various PJD members, let alone mainstream Moroccans, with many stressing that “there is no point in holding elections in Morocco as the political scene is balkanized and most Moroccan parties do not take independent decisions.”
The government coalition will include the PJD (Party of Justice and Development), 125 parliamentary seats, the Rally of Independents (RNI), 37 parliamentary seats, the Popular Movement (MP), 27 parliamentary seats, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), 20 seats, the Constitutional Union (UC), 19 parliamentary seats, and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), 12 parliamentary seats.
The Moroccan Times.