Here follow the main subjects addressed by the Moroccan dailies issued on February 29:
Here follow the main subjects addressed by the Moroccan dailies issued on February 29:
Madrid’s message to Rabat: Morocco is a mere “policeman”. The fact that talks between the Interior Minister, Mohand Laenser, and his Spanish counterpart, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, focused only on security issues and the fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration means, according to several sources, that Madrid, whether under the Popular Party or the Socialist Party, considers Morocco as “a mere policeman” in charge of overseeing its southern borders and not as a real partner.
President of the Competition Council, Abdelali Benamour, calls for the Council to be transformed into a decision-making body and criticizes the General Secretariat of the Government for its delay in submitting the new statutes of the Council to Parliament, considering that this delay hinders the Council’s mission to oversee competition in Morocco.
Fathallah Oualalou calles on the police to tackle protesters who called for his departure: the president of the Rabat town hall was forced on Tuesday to call on the police to evacuate the room where the Council’s February session was taking place. The room was occupied by unemployed graduates and civil society actors, who requested the disclosure of the list of beneficiaries of grants awarded to organizations.
Abdelkrim Benatik warns against worsening of situation in vulnerable neighborhoods: the president of the Labor Party said, during a sit-in, in front of Wilaya of the Gharb-Cherarda-Bni Hssen region, in solidarity with the inhabitants of the commune of Sidi Taybi, that tension in many vulnerable neighborhoods is “a time bomb”.
Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia:
The members of the Social Union of Popular Forces (USFP) lash out on Abdelilah Benkirane: Habib El Malki said that the Head of Government is trying to monopolize the implementation of the Constitution’s provisions, which must be based on a participatory approach. He added that religion should not be exploited for purposes that have nothing to do with the Constitution, in reference to Benkirane’s statements in which he described secular people as a “group rallied to the devil.”
Ahmed Zaidi is still head of the parliamentary group of the USFP in the House of Representatives after the party refused his resignation. A source close to Zaidi points out that the latter is willing to continue to head the group as long as his message from his resignation was made known.
The Judges Club in Morocco threatens to boycott dialogue on the justice sector reform: The Club says its participation in the justice reform project hinges on improving the judges’ material situation. It set May 15, when the national dialogue on the reform of justice is due to take place, as deadline to meet this demand before staging unprecedented protests.
The Spanish newspaper El Pais “spits out its venom” on Morocco: An official from the Communications Ministry says that the ban on the daily’s Sunday issue is due to its publication of defamatory statements and unfounded information on stability in the Kingdom.
The extraordinary session of Parliament will be held on March 15: The holding of this session in March is due to problems facing the government in preparing the Appropriation Bill, given that drought threatens the crop year.
Saad Hassar candidate for the post Secretary General of Morocco’s Supreme Security Council.
Car service of the Minister in charge of relations with parliament and civil society, Habib Choubani, sparks debate among members of the National Council of the PJD: The minister used the car in activities related to the party.
Gaddafi’s weapons on the agenda of talks between Interior Minister Mohand Laenser and his Spanish counterpart. According to sources, the two ministers also discussed the situation in the region following the downfall of the Gaddafi regime, whose weapons have fallen into the hands of several unknown parties, which requires deep cooperation to avoid any attempt to carry out terrorist attacks.
Equipment and Transport Minister, Abdelaziz Rebbah, says that the arrests of several leaders of the ONDA (Airport company) will not impact the company’s work.
Employees of COMARIT and COMANAV will observe a sit-in on Wednesday in front of the Ministry of Equipment and Transport in protest against the silence of the department on their situation.
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia:
The government is in contradiction over the date of next local elections: The Head of Government said that the elections could be held in October while the Interior Minister, Mohand Laenser, thinks that they may take place next June at a time when several members of political parties are calling for enacting a law governing these elections.
The Justice and Development Party (PJD) holds its national congress on July 14-15: Abdellah Baha president of the Preparatory Commission and Abdelilah Benkirane is the sole candidate to succeed himself at the head of the party.
Crop year: Drought and frost would may cause a spike in food prices, and farmers voice their concern. Grains, fruits and vegetables are the most affected.
Annahar Al Maghribia:
Former prisoners in Tindouf camps accuse the Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane of ignoring their demands for improving their living conditions after spending several years in the polisario’s jails.
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki:
After “El Pais” was banned again last Monday, data from the Communications Ministry show that the ban has concerned 29 newspapers and magazines since the inauguration of the government two months ago.
The USFP member, Tariq Hassan, says that the financial management of public services by the government is unconstitutional and is not based on any legal basis, given that the Constitution requires the government, in case of failure to adopt the Appropriation Bill, to open, via a decree, appropriations necessary for the functioning of public services on the basis of what is proposed in the Appropriation Bill which that has not yet been submitted to Parliament.
The Istiqlali group of unity and egalitarianism visits the Moroccan-Algerian border and calls on the ambassadors of the five Maghreb countries to participate in a meeting on March 3-5 in Oujda on the Maghreb Union.
Mobilization of security forces in Nador after a youth put the Israeli flag on the residence of his father, a retired soldier, in protest against water and electricity cuts.
Can Tunisia outperform Morocco and become a regional hub for Islamic finance?: Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said his country hopes to become a regional hub for Islamic finance, saying that Tunisia is establishing a legal framework to govern Islamic economy.
Bayane Al Yaoum:
Spain supports Morocco’s efforts in the fight against illegal immigration, and Rabat agrees to cooperate to end the tragedy of Western humanitarian volunteers held hostages in Tindouf.
The draft law on trade unions: will the draft will be implemented constitutionally or will be suspended to please the trade union of the Head of Government?
The Appropriation Bill 2012 will be submitted to Parliament next week and a special session to examine and adopt it will be held in mid-March. According to the Minister in charge of the Budget, Driss Yazami, the Bill will reflect the broad guidelines of the government’s program of action.
Risalat Al Omma:
National Education: Holders of PhD threaten to stage a two-month sit-in, as they did last year, and teachers observe from Wednesday to Friday a sit-in in front of the ministry.
Assahrae Al Maghribia:
An unknown radio station uses the Amazigh language to proselytize in the south of Morocco: The radio broadcasts programmes calling for proselytizing. A HACA (High Authority of Audiovisual Communication) source denies that the body is aware of this.
Le Soir Echos:
USFP: open succession. Ahmed Zaidi’s resignation from the presidency of the USFP parliamentary group sounds like the beginning of the battle of succession to Radi. Other candidates: Driss Lachgar, Lahbib El Malki and Fathallah Oualalou.
Aujourd’hui Le Maroc:
A new crisis in the Casablanca town hall: the February session canceled. The Mayor of Casablanca, Mohamed Sajid, is in impasse. The Councilors had to boycott the session scheduled on Wednesday after Sajid refused to hand them the documents of the administrative account for review. Some also speak of individual management by Sajid.
Le Matin du Sahara et du Maghreb:
Benkirane’s ultimatum to his ministers: within two weeks, all files must be prepared. Benkirane sent his ministers a letter including major tasks to be accomplished within a period not exceeding 30 days. The aim is to have indicators for better commitment management.
Strikes: First serious litmus test for Benkirane. Strikes by local government workers and officials, public health technicians, bailiffs and fisheries department. Trade unions have therefore decided to break social peace in place since April 26, 2011, when an agreement was signed with El Fassi government. How will the government react to the growing number of strikes?
The ministers were asked to be present in the media: For Benkirane, there is no government policy without communication. The instruction is clear: all cabinet ministers are instructed to communicate and to respond to requests from journalists. On television, radio or newspapers, ministerial interviews continue. Abdelilah Benkirane has informed his ministers that communication is not a luxury but a mode of governance. There is no policy without political communication.
Morocco-Spain: The human tragedy of the COMARIT crew in Algeciras. The abandonment by the shipping company COMARIT of 104 Moroccan crew members requires its leaders to resolve this human tragedy. The daily headlines of Spanish newspapers, particularly the Andalusian ones, highlight the dimension of this situation. This is a liquidity problem for COMARIT to deal with its creditors, but Moroccan mariners continue to send “messages of distress” to put an end to their four-month abandonment.