By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, March 5, 2012
Mr. Nabil Benabdellah, Minister of Housing, Town Planning and Urban Policy declared that the problem of the rentier economy is not likely to be sorted out through unilateral statements. His comment was an implicit reference to the move made by Mr. Aziz Rebbah who published recently an exhaustive list of all beneficiaries of transportation licenses.
Mr. Benabdellah expressed his views before his party militants in a speech that he delivered during the eighth session of the Party of Progress and Socialism’ central committee. He argued that the government’s approach to this issue should be comprehensive, in deference to the government program that was agreed upon.
Mr. Benabdellah pinpointed that it is necessary that all ministers abide by the standards set forth by the coalition government and act in accordance with the constitution. He added that these sought-after reforms cannot be possibly fulfilled through superficial and unilateralist endeavors on such complex issues.
Obviously, Mr. Benadellah’s statement came as a reaction to the latest declarations made by Aziz Rebbah, the minister of transportation, who made public a list of “special” transport license privileges. The list reveals names from wealthy families who effortlessly earn colossal sums of money while impoverished families, who are in dire need of additional revenues, were denied this privilege.
Mr. Rebbah affirmed last Monday that the eradication of the rentier economy will start from his department and reach inevitably other ministries. Bearing in mind that the PJD and the government expressed their commitment to putting an end to corrupt practices that have sapped efforts for development and good governance in Morocco.
Mr. Shoubani, minister in charge of relations with parliament and civil society, had declared earlier in “Mubasharat Maakoum,” a TV program broadcast on 2M, that the government will take a firm and well calculated stand towards the rentier economy. He highlighted that the government will halt the granting of transport licenses on unjustifiable grounds. When asked about those who had already benefited from transport licenses, Mr. Shoubani answered that the issue will be tackled “gradually”.
The PJD sounds faithful to its commitment to eradicate all aspects of corruption and rentier economy. Nevertheless, Mr. Benabdellah’s reaction reveals internal dissonance within the coalition government. The Party of Progress and Socialism is facing its biggest fear: being overshadowed by the PJD hawks’ media appearances. Or maybe the PPS members did not think that the PJD would strike the “corruption lobbies” with an iron fist. In fact, corruption has infiltrated all sectors of public life, profiting a large network of corrupt officials and businessmen who are not ready to give up these privileges and are less prepared to face corruption charges and run the risk of prosecution.
It is of note that the PJD, that won the majority of votes during the legislative elections organized last November, formed a coalition government with other parties including the Party of Progress and Socialism.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
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