By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, April 17, 2012
According to the Moroccan daily Assabah, the alacrity of the National Rally for Liberals (NRI) party to undertake its mission as an opposition party has been once again put under question. The rate of absenteeism among the NRI Mps has reached record levels lately.
Their absence was particularly noticed during the finance law proposal session. The NRI parliamentary group counts 50 MPs, yet the number of attendees among the NRI parliamentary group did not exceed 15 MPs during this session. It is worth recalling that the NRI spokesmen leveled, on several occasions, criticism against the delay in the promulgation of the budget bill.
When the bill- which was approved last week- was discussed in the parliament, the NRI MPs were somewhere else.
According to the same sources, the NRI MPs who attended this session felt embarrassed especially when the PJD MPs cast doubt over the NRI earnestness to conduct its scrutiny role. To put an end to the MPs’ absenteeism, the PJD members urged their party to take a stauncher stand by making attendance compulsory.
Sources close to the NRI revealed that the NRI MPs recurrent absenteeism is due to internal dissonance among two main figures, namely Mustapha al Mansouri and Mohammed Mezouar. The former was sidelined previously, whereas the latter is hoping to be reelected for a new term as the NRI’s Secretary General during the party’s upcoming congress.
It is also reported that the NRI MPs absence was deliberate, since the NRI considers that the 2012 finance law is more likely to be a replica of the previous one proposed by the outgoing government.
The absence of MPs has been denounced in several occasions by the electorate and the public opinion in general, since it hinders seriously the legislative process.
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