By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, April 18, 2012
The sounds of discord within the coalition government can no longer be ignored or downplayed. According to the Moroccan daily Assabah, Mr. Nabil Benabdellah, secretary general of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and Minister of Housing and Urban policy, threatened to withdraw from the current government if the PJD ministers promulgated any law that impinges on Freedoms and more particularly in the tourism sector. He predicted the downfall of the government if the PJD ministers pursued the path of unilateralist ideological measures rather than social and economic ones.
Mr. Benabdellah draws a parallel between the PJD-led government and the government headed by Abderrahman Youssefi (1998-2002), which had failed to live up to the electorate’s expectations.
He leveled criticism towards the PJD ministers for making media appearances unleashing inconsistent comments regarding the measures undertaken against corruption and rentier economy. Seemingly, the PPS minister was taken by surprise when the minister of transport and equipment published the much controversial list of beneficiaries from transport agreements granted by the state. Mr. Benabdellah made it clear that such crucial matters need a comprehensive reform through the promulgation of laws and the enforcement of certain procedures in order to curb the impact of corruption and the squandering public funds on economy.
In an interview with MWN, Mr. Habib Choubani, Minister in charge of relations with the parliament and civil society, responded to the minister of Housing and Urban policy comments by asserting that Mr. Rebbah, Minister of transport and equipment acted in full accordance with the paradigms agreed upon within the coalition government, namely fighting corruption and enforcing good governance.
Hi leveled a sharp criticism against the lack of consistency in the minister of transport and equipment decisions. Since the abovementioned list was made public, no further measure has been taken in this direction. Mr. Benabdellah insinuated that some PJD ministers try to rally public support around their party through unilateralist actions.
On the other hand, and according to the daily Al Massae, Mr. Benabdellah unveiled that the PAM (party of authenticity and Modernity) was plotting against the coalition government. He declared that the PAM Mps have voted purposefully and unanimously for the budget bill allotted to the ministry of health in order to widen the chasm between his party and the Istiqlal Party. He went on to say that he is “fully aware of these conspiracies and that he will aggregate all his efforts to make this experience led by the coalition government a successful democratic transition.”
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