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Government program aims to build strong, stable, supportive and prosperous society: Govt chief

Rabat, 19 January, 2012 (MAP)

Moroccan Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane said his cabinet’s program aims at building a strong, stable, supportive and prosperous society that ensures a dignified life for citizens, pays particular attention to Moroccans living abroad and based on the promotion of the middle class by making available the means necessary for the production of wealth.

This program is a contractual vocation and focuses on three major broad lines both in regard to public policy as well as their implementation, namely the integrated and complementary action, the participatory approach and the desire to link the responsibility to accountability, said Benkirane who presented the program of his government Thursday before both Houses of Parliament.

This program is based on the election programs of parties in the government coalition and stems from the will to implement the provisions of the new constitution, to meet the pressing needs of the Moroccan people with all its fringes both in Morocco and abroad, the economic and social actors and institutions of civil society, and to honour the international commitments of the Kingdom, said the Premier.

The current legislature must be that of implementing the provisions of the new constitution, Benkirane said, noting that the new fundamental law underlies a deep process of reform of the functions of State, its structures and roles, and provides the basis of complementarity and cooperation between institutions to meet the challenges of good governance, economic development and social justice. It also consolidates the influence of the Moroccan model and its attractiveness.

The Prime Minister also said that the implementation of the provisions of the new constitution requires also a contract management in the development and implementation of its maturity, an approach that should bring majority and opposition as well as all civil society actors according to clearly defined priorities for the next five years.

He said the adoption of a participatory and democratic approach in that sense is a crucial component of the government program.

On the Sahara issue, Benkirane stressed that this question is at the top of the government program’s priorities and that the cabinet will spare no effort to reach a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution in full compliance with the territorial integrity of Morocco.

The government will work to support the process of negotiations from the Moroccan autonomy initiative that the Security Council described as credible and serious, Benkirane said, expressing his high regard for HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, for the interest that the Sovereign attaches to the Royal Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, national security and auxiliary forces who continue to made enormous efforts to best fulfil their missions.
The Government will also continue to support efforts by authorities to deal with terrorist threats that threaten the country through an anticipatory approach in this area.

Benkirane said that the presentation of the government program comes in the wake of the democratic process that the Arab world is seeing. Morocco has risen to these challenges by choosing, under the leadership of HM the King, an exceptional process and a choice based on the reforms and the immutable values of the Moroccan nation, namely the attachment to the tolerant Islamic religion, the constitutional monarchy, the democratic option and the defence of territorial integrity.

The program also draws on the guidance contained in the royal speech of March 9, which has largely met the aspirations of the forces who want to reform and fight against corruption and which was behind the reform process initiated by the referendum of July 1, 2011, crowned the parliamentary elections of November 25, said Benkirane.

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