Rabat, March 26, 2012 (MAP)
Rabat, March 26, 2012 (MAP)
Here follow the main issues treated by the dailies issued on March 26:
Representatives of the feminist movement chant slogans against the PJD-led government during a conference on marriage and the rape of minors attended by Minister of Family, Solidarity and Social Development Bassima Hakkaoui and members of Amina Filali, a girl who committed suicide after she was forced to marry her rapist. The participants in the conference called for amending article 475 of the penal code, which Hakkaoui denounced as it allows the rapist to be free of prosecution.
Youth and Sports Minister Mohamed Ouzzine is resolved to address the issue of “ghost employees” in his department. These employees include athletes with African, International or Olympic titels who receive monthly salaries.
Supporters of Miloudi Moukharik in the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT) resort to violence to settle disputes with their adversaries and prevent members of the National Education Federation from entering the headquarters of the UMT to take part in the 2nd national meeting of the Federation.
Proponents of Hamid Chabat, Mayor of Fez, impose their agenda on the Independence Party Secretary General Abbas El Fassi and succeed to fix the date of the party’s 16th Congress for next June.
Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia:
Foreign Minister Saad Dine El Otmani recognizes that no political progress has been made during the latest round of informal talks in Manhasset (New York’s suburbs). He also told MPs that the budget of Algeria’s Foreign Ministry is twofold bigger than Morocco’s Foreign Ministry. On Borders, he made it clear that Morocco will not beg Algeria to open them.
PJD ministers avoid normalization with Israel, whose representative took part in the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). Lower House Speaker Karim Ghellab says that the Israeli participation is reduced to one representative. President of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) accuses the PJD of ignoring Morocco’s interests.
Hamid Chabat wins the battle and manages to impose next June as a date of the Independence Party’s Congress.
A controversy was stirred because of the Israeli presence in the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM. Parliamentary sources say that the PJD and IP stands are unjustified, given that both parties have already attended UfM Parliamentary Assemblies abroad.
Over 200 militants of the National Rally for Independents (RNI) called on the Party’s President Salaheddine Mezouar to postpone the national congress.
Al Ahdah Al Maghribia:
The Moroccan-Algerian honeymoon is over. The Moroccan delegation taking part at the African ministerial conference on housing foiled an Algerian attempt to exclude Morocco from the meeting. The Algerian Ambassador to Nairobi spared no effort so that the participating countries be limited to those member in the African Union.
The Independence Party will hold its congress on June 29.
Annahar Al Maghribia :
Israel takes seat in the Moroccan parliament. The PJD describes the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Paris as a “desecration” of Morocco’s Parliament.
Associations accuse Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane of normalizing with Israel.
Bayane Al Yaoum :
The draft law on the appointment of senior officials will be submitted today to the Parliamentary Committee on Justice, Legislation and Human Rights.
Transport officials threaten to paralyze Morocco’s economic activity in protest against the definition of “responsibility” in the road code.
Assahrae Al Maghribia:
Saad Dine El Otmani rivals Benkirane for the PJD leadership. Informed sources affirm that Benkirane has bigger chances for taking a second term as Secretary General of the PJD during the party’s congress, due on July 14-15.
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki:
¨Protests in Rabat against the participation of Israel in the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM.
Minister in Charge of Relations with Parliament and the Civil Society, Habib Choubani says hat 10% of association receive 80% of state subsidies, which stand at 90,000,000 dirhams. The Minister added that 97% of associations do not submit documents relating to their activities and expenditures.
PJD deputies boycott the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM in protest against the Israeli participation.
Social dialogue cost the state and enterprises 35 billion dirhams.
Sit-in on Sunday in front of the parliament on the occasion of the Day of protecting public money. Protesters want those responsible for squandering public money brought before justice.
Le Soir Echos:
Case of Amina Filali : feminists put pressure on Bassima Hakkaoui and the Minister of Justice promises to revise some texts.
Aujourd’hui le Maroc:
A crisis is brewing in the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT). The dismissal of four union leaders sowed discord.
Women NGO’s call for the amendment of Article 475 of the Penal Code.