Rabat, December 26, 2011 (MAP)Here are the topics that draw the attention of the Moroccan daily newspapers on Monday:AL MASSAE:
The list of new members of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s government was submitted to HM the King. Mohamed Yatim, Abdelali Hamieddine and Abdellah Bouanou excluded from the list of candidates for the cabinet.
The number of ministerial portfolios reduced to 28 with three ministries of sovereignty: the Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Defence and the General Secretariat of the Government. In addition, the Ministries of Interior and Agriculture and Marine Fisheries will remain unchanged and will not be divided, each into two departments.
Ten outgoing ministers, who are at the same time MPs, present their resignations to avoid situations of incompatibility. This is Driss Lachgar Salaheddine Mezouar, Yasmina Baddou, Mohamed Ameur, Anis Birou Akhannouch Aziz, Ahmed Reda Chami, Mohand Laenser, Mohamed Ouzzine and Nouzha Skalli.
The Progress and Socialism Party (PPS) takes four ministerial portfolios: Nabil Benabdellah, Abdellah El Fassi, Abdelouahed Souhail et Gajmoula Bent Abi are the main candidates for the posts.
AKHBAR AL YAOUM AL MAGHRIBIA:
Abdelilah Benkirane presents the list of his cabinet’s ministers to the king and the number of ministries reduced to 27 portfolios and the Ministry of Interior will not be split into two departments.
The National Rally of the Independents (RNI) adjourn its national caucus due to fears of “coup” against Salaheddine Mezouar, the party’s head, and disputes within the Disciplinary Commission regarding the case of members suspected of intrusive behavior against the party.
Benkirane submits the list of government ministers to HM the King and the announcement of the new cabinet is expected today or tomorrow at the latest: The Prime Minister’s Justice and Development Party (PJD) is carving out the lion’s share in terms of ministerial portfolios and its allies in the coalition are crying foul.
Abdelilah Benkirane, will present the Government Statement to Parliament on January 2nd, according to parliamentary sources who claim that the Declaration is ready.
The PPS criticizes aggressive statements of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) following the PPS participation in the next government, and described the attacks as “interference in the internal affairs of the party.”
Benkirane accuses some leaders of the General Secretariat of the PJD of leaking information about the government’s structure and said that the date of the announcement of the final structure of the Executive is “imminent.”
AL AHDATH AL MAGHRIBIA:
Benkirane submits the list of new government to the King: the Ministries of Interior, Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Administration of Defense are out of partisan affiliation.
ANNAHAR AL MAGHRIBIA:
Great confusion in forming Benkirane’s government: Prime Minister faces difficulties to convince his partners of the coalition government.
AL ITTIHAD AL ICHTIRAKI:
The problem of incompatibility hinders the completion of the election of bodies of the House of Representatives and Karim Ghellab, the House Speaker, is waiting for outgoing ministers, who are also deputies, either to resign or be removed from office. The third option is that Benkirane forms his cabinet to complete this operation.
The United States inflicted a new blow to Algeria and the Polisario in deciding to grant aid to Morocco intended for development across all the Kingdom’s regions.
The PJD chooses his ministers and the government’s announcement is imminent. Abdelilah Benkirane said the number of portfolios vary between 28 and 30.
BAYANE AL YAOUM:
The number of ministerial portfolios was reduced to 28 and Benkirane predicts the announcement of the new government earlier this week.
RISSALAT AL OUMMA:
The new government will be announced earlier this week and Benkirane indicates that the number of portfolios should not exceed 30.
ASSAHRAE AL MAGHRIBIA:
Benkirane is in a race against the clock to form the government before 2012: 84 candidates for 28 departments, 36 from the PJD.
LE SOIR ECHOS:
A month has passed after the legislative elections and the government is still pending. Contrary to a widely circulated in the press, no deadline has been set for the announcement of the government neither in the Constitution nor in the organic laws.
AUJOURD’HUI LE MAROC:
After a month of negotiations: the official ministerial posts distributed among the four parties. After nearly three weeks of negotiations, the structure of the new cabinet has been validated by the King and the portfolios are now divided among the allies, the PJD, the Istiqlal Party, the Popular Movement party and the PPS. The nature of ministerial posts to be allocated to each of the four parties should normally be unveiled today.
LE MATIN DU SAHARA ET DU MAGHREB
The Finance Bill completed before the end of February. The new executive will have to go before Parliament to pass the government statement. The preparation for the Finance Act 2012 will be its second test. According to economists of the PJD, the new government will keep the grind of the former government but by making broad changes in consultation with their allies of the majority.
Government: 10 positions for the PJD, 6 for the, 4 for the MP, and 4 for 4 for the PPS. After a week of waiting, Abdelilah Benkirane received Friday, from the Royal Cabinet, the final organization of the government. The new architecture includes 27 ministries instead of 30 as suggested by the Prime Minister.
After the European Parliament’s vote against the extension of the fisheries agreement with Morocco, the worst is yet to come. The Moroccan fishing professionals applaud the EP vote and Morocco’s the European fleet off Moroccan waters, while their Spanish peers are suffering and wish to return to Moroccan waters.
AL BAYANE :
Benkirane’s government will be known shortly. Four weeks after his appointment by HM the King to the post of Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane is about to finish this tough mission. The architecture of the new Executive is practically done and the consultations are about to succeed.
Mali on Saturday turns back 8 Polisario’s mercenaries: the separatists are persona non grata in the neighboring countries of southern Algeria. This case comes after the Polisario, in mid-December, had illegally entered the territory of Mali.