Casablanca - As the configuration of the emerging coalition is much awaited for in Morocco, the party of justice and Development (PJD) gives a lesson in transparency by revealing the names of its suggested ministers.
Casablanca – As the configuration of the emerging coalition is much awaited for in Morocco, the party of justice and Development (PJD) gives a lesson in transparency by revealing the names of its suggested ministers.
Nominees are, then, submitted to the monarch who has the final say on ministers’ nominations, according to the new constitution.
In an interview given to Al Jazeera, the member of the PJD national council Mr. Bilal Tlidi declared that “the PJD has promulgated an internal law that regulates the procedure by which the candidates for the portfolios are elected in opposition to the selection process”.
“The new Procedure voted for during the last PJD national council meeting does not encroach on the Royal prerogatives,” he added.
The Party that wins the majority of parliamentary seats in the legislative elections is entrusted with the power of suggestion, whereas the king upholds the power of appointment.
He went on to say that “the PJD acted in utter compliance with the article 47 of the Moroccan constitution”, which clearly defines the head of government and the king prerogatives as far as the government formation is concerned.
Mr. Tlidi asserted that the PJD has always observed democratic principles on the election of its elites.
The party has laid the foundations of democratic dynamics at the internal level, and has always enforced transparency on the election of its local committees as well as its national leadership.
He added that “internal democracy and commitment rather than allegiance is a paradigm that has always governed the PJD wok.”
This procedure stipulates the fulfillment of well defined criteria on the candidate profile such as honesty, competence, efficiency and the commitment to the party.
“The PJD operates in harmony with the Arab spring spirits and the Moroccan context,” said Mr. Tlidi.
He confirmed that his party submitted to the king three candidates for each ministerial portfolio allocated to the PJD. Prior to this, the suggestion committee, which includes 36 members along with the PJD secretariat, deliberated about the eligibility of five nominees for each portfolio, taking into account the previously mentioned criteria.
The voting process is resumed again at the level of the general secretariat, which elects only three candidates whose names are submitted to the king.
On its electoral campaigns, the party of Justice and Development (PJD) has always raised the motto of transparency.
The party honored its words by sharing with the public opinion details of consultations with the other coalition parties regarding the formation of the coalitional government, and by making public the internal mechanisms for the election of its suggested ministers.
The new Prime Minister-designate declared on Saturday, before a meeting of his party’s committee, that the nature of ministerial portfolios to be attributed to each of the four parties of the governmental coalition would be unveiled “within one or two days.”