Rabat, March 3, 2012 (MAP)
Rabat, March 3, 2012 (MAP)
The following are the main subjects addressed by the Moroccan dailies issued on March 3:
Tear gas was used and a police vehicle was torched when confrontations sparked between dwellers of unfit houses and security forces. The clashes sparked when local authorities started demolishing unfit houses in the neighborhood of Beni Makada using bulldozers. Seventy security officers were injured.
Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane calls on his cabinet members to implement the law. Benkirane stresses the need to uphold the primacy of law adding that there is a Royal willingness to apply the law equally to all.
The Popular Movement (MP) and the Independence Party (IP) oppose the setting up of a parliamentary inquiry commission on the incidents of Taza.
Akhbar Al Yaoum AL Maghribia:
A secret crisis is brewing between the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the Independence Party (PI) over the division of the Ministry of Finance. Sources affirm that Head of Government was informed about a problem relating to determining the missions of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and that of the Minister in Charge of the Budget.
Mauritania stages a new act of provocation against Morocco over the Sahara issue. Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz sends a message to the head of separatists, addressing him as “president of the Sahraoui sisterly republic.”
Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi dismisses head of competitions, exams and training at the Ministry for irregularities that occurred during the professional exams during 2011 and 2012 and announces the organization of competitions shortly to design new heads of services.
Notables and modernists are vying for membership of the political bureau of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM). The party’s newly elected Secretary General Mustapha Bakkoury said PAM’s National Council will be held on March 15 instead of March 10.
Violent confrontations took place between security forces and citizens in Tangier. The clashes sparked on Thursday due to the demolition of unfit houses. Over 60 law enforcement members were injured.
A police superintendant was arrested for pilgrimage scam. The defendant used to send the would-be pilgrims to his accomplice, an employee of the Endowments and Islamic affairs Ministry, who claimed to have close ties to the Minister and that she could give them visas to perform the pilgrimage in Mecca.
Omens of a crisis between the Justice and Liberties Minister Mustafa Ramid and the National Council for Human Rights after the Minister refused to participate in a seminar held by the Council on “the judiciary reform, the new constitution and international standards.”
Benkirane gives orders banning the sheikhs of the Salafia Jihadia from protesting against the Chief of Morocco’s penitentiary and re-integration administration Hafid Benhachim. Sources from the committee of defense of Salafi prisoners indicate that the recently released three sheikhs of the Salafia received a phone call from the sit-in’s organizers informing them about instructions given by the Head Government to intervene by all means in case the Sheikhs took part in the protest. Following this call the Sheikhs turned back.
PAM is considering alliance with the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP). Sources from PAM say that this alliance remains personal initiatives and that the party has not yet completed its internal structures following its national congress.
Minister in charge of relations with Parliament and the Civil Society, Habib Choubani revealed a list containing the names of the PJD leaders who were going to be victims of prefabricated cases adding that such a scheme was foiled by the advent of the Arab Spring.
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia
Mohamed El Ouafa says that he will unveil a list of the beneficiaries of fraudulent practices and those whom he call “professionals of traveling” at the expense of the Education emergency plan. The Minister made it clear that he will reveal the identities of those who benefited from the expensive contracts with foreign consultancies, with whom he suspended cooperation.
Al Adl Wal Ihssane involvement in the Incidents of Taza is proven. The islamist movement stages a protest today against the arrest of one of its members on the backdrop of the unrest that hit the city early in February.
– Tear gas was used in clashes in Tangier during which dwellers of unfit houses hurled stones at security forces. The clashes that erupted during the demolition of unfit houses left several members of security forces injured
Annahar Al Maghribia:
Abdelilah Benkirane decides to postpone the adoption of the appropriation bill until next week while some professionals consider the public expenses as unconstitutional.
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki:
Eight Ministers only agreed to be audited while there are only 60 inspectors tasked with protecting public money. The Economy and Finance Minister received responses from 8 ministers who agreed that their ministries and departments be audited.
The demolition of houses in the neighborhood of Beni Makada stirred the anger of the inhabitants of unfit houses who clashed with the police. Tear gas was used during the confrontations which left tens harmed among security forces.
Thousands were wounded during clashes that occurred when local authorities started demolition houses in the neighborhood of Dhar Bousselham in Tangier. Stones were hurled at the police and vandalism acts and plundering took place in nearby neighborhoods.
Rissalat Al Oumma:
Mohamed Darif, a political science expert, says that there is no organization which has the means to undermine Morocco. The specialist in Islamist movements played down the statements of the movement Attawhid wal Jihad, noting that the real danger lies in terrorist attacks committed by individuals inside Morocco.
Bayane Al Yaoum:
The Appropriation bill to be adopted next week and the government allocates 32 billion dirhams to the compensation fund.
The Government Council approves the International convention against enforced disappearance.
The 2012 Appropriation bill provides for the creation of 26,204 jobs and allocating 13.2 billion dirhams to implementing social commitment. The bill will be adopted during the next cabinet meeting.