Rabat, March 27, 2012 (MAP)
Rabat, March 27, 2012 (MAP)
Here follows the main issues treated by the Moroccan dailies issued on March 27:
Al Massae :
Member of the National Rally for Independents (RNI) and President of the Aourir rural commune in Agadir is accused by the Interior Ministry of being involved in sellings of land plots, building of unhealthy housing and signing illegal contracts. The Ministry gave him a week to respond to these accusations.
First Secretary of the Socialist Union for Popular Forces (USFP) Abdelouahed Radi convinces party leaders : Mohamed Achaari, Ali Bouaabid, Mohamed Boubekri and Larbi Ajjoul of resuming their activities within the party after they decided to freeze their membership in the political bureau a year ago for being discontented with the USFP’s management. The four USFP leaders attended the latest meeting of the USFP’s political bureau.
Justice and Liberties Minister Mustafa Ramid meets Mohamed Maghraoui, a Sheikh of the Salafia movement, in Marrakech. The meeting stirred the anger of security services who deel that the reopening of the Quranic schools would lead to the spread of extremist religious ideas in the Red city. Maghraoui expressed resolved to reopen the Quranic schools.
Secretary General of the National Council for Human Rights, Mohamed Sebbar, meets Al Hoceima’s civil society activists to appease the tension. Sebbar promised to examine the events that shook the northern town of Beni Bouayach and issue a report in this regard.
Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia:
Abdelilah Benkirane promises the parties of the governmental coalition to form an alliance with them during the upcoming municipal elections with a view to prevent discord among his cabinet members and negative reactions of his allies in case his party obtains a sweeping victory in the polls.
Former veteran soldiers who were detained in the camp of Tindouf resume their sit-in in front of the parliament after a wait-and-see period that lasted 8 months. The agreement signed with authorities provides for granting social housing to the former detainees, as well as transport licenses (agréments).
Equipment and Transport Minister announces figures relating to road accidents. He denies the figures unveiled by his predecessor Karim Ghellab and announces 2011 to be a bloody year despite the implementation of the new road code.
Minister in charge of General Affairs and Governance Mohamed Najib Boulif excludes any rise in fuel prices before the setting up of a comprehensive reform of the compensation fund. For his part, President of fuel station owners Adil Ziadi expects an increase in gas prices in the two upcoming months.
Tension mounts between the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS) and the Independence Party (PI) after current Health Minister Houssein El Ouardi (PPS) laid bare several malfunctioning by the former IP Minister.
Judiciary Police continue hearing senior officials in the CIH on malfunctionings reported by the Court of Auditors.
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia:
The decision by Health Minister to investigate the malfunctioning in the health sector under former IP MInister threatens the coherence of the government coalition.
MInister of higher education, training and scientific research Lahcen Daoudi audits universities and higher education institutions.
Annahar Al Maghribia:
Government of Abdelilah Government decides to increase fuel prices in two months. The rise stands at 0.5 dirhams for diesel and 1 dirham for unlead petrol. Professionals accuse the government of falling short of upholding its commitment and call for subsidies worth 62 billion dirhams.
Lower House Speaker criticizes those stirring controversy over the Israeli participation in the 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the UfM. He noted that Israel was only represented by one diplomat from its Brussels Embassy.
Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki:
USFP leader Habib El Malki announces that he will run for the post of the party’s Secretary General in the upcoming congress.
Justice and Liberties Minister holds a meeting with the National Coordination of Quranic schools. The meeting centered on the measures to enable the reopening of the Quranic schools, closed since 2008. The Minister highlighted the pertinence of their demands and promised to find a lasting solution to this issue within the framework of the law which guarantees freedom.
Bayane Al Yaoum:
Parliamentary sources say that the government will not rise fuel prices before proceeding to the reform of the compensation fund.
Le Soir Echos:
Transport licenses : Equipment and Transport Minister wants to unveil all. He says that there is no turning back and that other lists of beneficiaries of those privileges will be published.
Aujourd’hui le Maroc :
Retirement : no comprehensive reform before 2014.
After leaving the political bureau for several months, several USFP leaders including Larbi Ajjoul, Mohamed Achâari and Mohamed Boubekri return to the party. This return comes in response to the call by the USFP to strengthen their ranks before the party’s general meeting.
Le Matin du Sahara et du Maghreb:
Upper House elections : Small enterprises aim to take part in the elections to have seats just like big enterprises.
Growth : Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al Maghrib, holds a meeting today with public finances on top of main issues. Governor of the bank is expected to give remarks on the 2012 appropriation bill. The government lowered its growth forcasts to 4.2% while some economic experts expect 2%.