Rabat, March 14, 2012 (MAP)
Rabat, March 14, 2012 (MAP)
Here follow the main subjects addressed by the Moroccan dailies issued on Wednesday March 14:
The Judicial Police ends, on Wednesday, hearing of Khalid Alioua, with a possibility of arresting him. The former CEO of Crédit Immobilier et Hotelier (CIH) defended, during his investigation, the legality of the purchase of two apartments, belonging to CIH, and dismissed all charges of mismanagement, arguing that he is innocent.
Precarious calm in Béni Bouayach and Imzouren. A commission of inquiry visits the region and a member of a Human Rights association brought to justice on charges of forming a criminal gang. The PJD criticizes forceful intervention of security forces against the demonstrators.
Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia:
The Benkirane government begins to suffer the effects of the economic crisis: Minister of Justice and Freedoms, Mustafa Ramid, sounds the alarm and warns against potential effects due to drought and the global economic crisis.
Algerian lobbies go to every length to thwart opening Algerian-Moroccan border. They seek to sow “fear” as to the disaster that will affect Algeria in case borders with the Kingdom will be opened, while the Algerian press says that the Algerian government received detailed reports prepared by the various departments about the potential financial loss that may result from the opening of borders.
Abdelilah Benkirane receives reports from intelligence agencies on the security situation in the Kingdom: Sources say that the head of government receives reports from the various security services in charge of collecting information on the security situation in Morocco.
Abbas El Fassi says that the incumbent government should have included five to six women: The Secretary-General of the Istiqlal party, who was commenting on women’s protests within his party, said he had proposed a single woman for a ministerial post within the government.
Local elections stir up discord between the components of the government coalition. Some ministers fear a new landslide victory of the PJD in the upcoming elections, and their parties call for the elections to be postponed to next September in order to well prepare for them.
The reformist current within the Authenticity and Modernity party (PAM) criticizes Mustapha Bakkoury’s silence.The current calls on the Secretary-General to dismiss those behind the party’s failure and to appoint a committee to prepare for the upcoming elections.
Mohamed Aoujar competes against Salaheddine Mezouar for the presidency of the National Rally of the Independents (RNI). A source says that the decision of Aoujar, member of the party’s Executive Committee, to run for the post stems from his conviction that the RN is in a crisis and needs a a renewal of leadership.
The Judicial Police pursues investigation with the former CEO of CIH, Khalid Alioua: The main questions concerned granting bonuses and allowances without legal foundation.
An agreement between the leftist current and notables on the electoral list mode for the election of the members of the political bureau of the PAM prevents a stormy national council.
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia:
The Judicial Police pursue hearing the former CEO of CIH Khalid Alioua for the second consecutive day: The investigation will eventually concern presenting statements of some elements standing trial in this case.
Asset declaration: After the expiration of 90 days for the declaration of assets by members of the House of Representatives, MPs who have not done so may lose their seats in Parliament.
Commissions of the Interior Ministry investigate the incidents that took place in Imzouren and Béni Bouayach.
Annahar al Maghribia:
Abdelilah Benkirane decides to increase fuel prices: Concerns about the adverse impact of this decision on the purchasing power, and calls mount to support limited-income people. The expected price of gas cylinder will be between 0.5 and one dirham, which will affect the prices of several commodities related to fuels.
30,000 teachers in National Education are expected to be promoted: The promotion applies to both administrative and teaching staff.
Fake photos of incidents that took place in the region of Béni Bouayach: Some pictures, published by electronic sites, were taken from events in Belkour in the Algerian capital and others in Gaza.
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki:
Abdelilah Benkirane meets on Wednesday the representatives of the most representative trade unions: The meeting comes at the invitation of the Head of Government and will be devoted to exmaining the social situation and the methodology of pursuing social dialogue.
The Minister of General Affairs and Governance, Mohamed Najib Boulif, said the government remains committed not to increasing fuel prices and to preserving subsidized prices in the coming months in accordance with the Appropriation Bill 2012, stressing that the 32 billion dirhams earmarked for the Compensation Fund will be released before July.
A survey by the Egyptian newspaper “Al Wafd” lays bare the terrible picture of the Polisario Front: The survey published last Monday indicates that the Tindouf camps are the largest exporters of drugs flooding the Middle East.
There are reports that the Head of Government received a study estimating the number of “ghost staff” at 15,000 people, while a source from the Prime Minister’s office denied that figure. The source says that information published by the press on this issue are not correct and that the issue is being examined by government departments.
A lobby exerts pressures on Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika not to open borders with Morocco: Reports by Algerian officials warn against potential financial losses for Algeria in case borders with Morocco will be opened.
Bayane Al Yaoum:
The issue of pension reform under the spotlight anew on Thursday: A knowledgeable source from a labor union emphasizes that the meeting between representatives of the most representative unions and the Head of Government will be a starting point for a series of meetings aimed at defining a clear methodology for future discussions.
Extraordinary session of Parliament: The government is endeavoring for the adoption Appropriation Bill, and the Compensation Fund subsidies put a strain on the state’s finance.
Checkpoints set up in entries and exits of Moroccan cities to prevent terrorist threats: The elements of the traffic police and judicial police say that they have been instructed to raise the alert level as part of a plan to prevent any terrorist act.
Rissalat al Oumma:
The government called upon to implement the results of social dialogue with the previous government: The head of government Abdelilah Benkirane receives on Wednesday the leaders of the most representative trade unions as part of the social dialogue session for the month of April .
Assahrae al Maghribia:
The Judicial Police specialized in financial crimes pursue the hearing of the former CEO of CIH Khalid Alioua, on the content of the report of the Audit Court which states financial mismanagement under Alioua’s leadership.
Le Soir Echos:
Transport grants: democracy or populism? No doubt the publication of the list of inter-urban public transport grants continues to stir debates. However, what should one read in and remember from this decision? Does Abdelilah Benkirane seek from the publication of this list to create an area of direct democracy?
Parliament: Councillors fear for their salary. Not only have they sent a letter to the Royal Cabinet, but they have also signed a petition in which they demanded the extension of their mandates in the House of Councillors. The MPs, who number 70, fear they will no longer benefit from the privileges offered by their post.
Aujourdh’ui Le Maroc:
Political parties: Will 2012 be the year of great change? Four political parties, with more than half of members of the House of Representatives, will change leadership in the coming weeks. The next Congresses seem hard for the USFP, the RNI, the Istiqlal and the UC.
Le Matin du Sahara et du Maghreb:
The Justice Department, led by Mustapha Ramid, nowadays witnesses a tension that affects several components of this department. The crisis which concerned Ministry officials only (clerks, officials of the central administration …) has extended to magistrates. The latter organized, during the past week, sit-ins to protest at the humiliation suffered by two of their colleagues in Taounate and Safi.
Moroccans living abroad: The transit operation threatened? The crisis in the maritime passenger transport which unfolded earlier this year may well continue for long. Collateral damage continues. The operation starts on June, and fleet plans during previous operations provided up to 30 boats with a frequency of approximately one departure per hour, but with the absence of COMARIT /COMANAV, this goal will be very hard to achieve.
Appropriation Bill 2012 before Parliament. The good news in the bill is support for public investment with a budget of 188 billion dirhams, with an increase of 21 billion dirhams. The bad news, however, is the need to finance a range of burdens.
Karim Ghellab puts the record straight: the fight against rent-seeking began under the government of Abbas El Fassi. The statement is striking given that it is made by a representative of a principal partner in the governing coalition -the Istiqlal party-.
Intervention of security forces in some provinces: the Benkirane government allergic to commissions of inquiry. The events abound, accusations and counter-accusations. Calls to investigate these events also mount. And the interior minister refuses any neutral investigation or forming a parliamentary committee.