By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, May 4, 2012
The Islamist-led government in Morocco boasts an unprecedented qualification. Most of the ministers of the ruling party have a high academic educational level and early all of them have shown their willingness to reform the ministry of which they are in charge.
All the ministers of the new government have expressed more than once through different public media outlets that they are ready to do all that it takes to put the statements of the new constitution into practice and to abide by its guidelines.
But unfortunately, press releases and good intentions don’t make politics. In the absence of a strategic program and a clear future vision, all that remains is just talk. Politics is not manufactured by an aura of hopes as it is not based on aspirations.
One swallow doesn’t make spring. Mr Abdelilah Benkiran, head of government, is preoccupied creating a harmonious coalition among the entire political strips that seemed to march to the beat of a different drummer. Observers of the political scene in Morocco would notice how the statements of ministers within the government are in stark inconsistency.
Mr Abdelilah Benkiran has sought, since the early days of his government, to adopt a different strategy in dealing with the social files relying on a religious diction in his direct talks with protesters in Rabat to reassure them. However, the continuation of protests today, both in the capital, Rabat, and in other areas, quickly have proved the limitations of this new approach.
Neither, the populism of Mr Benkirane, the smiles of Mr. Othmani, nor the plainness of Mr Elkhalfi will succeed to convince the angry, unemployed youth, the underpaid public sector employees and the majority of people under agreed standards of living at the absence of concrete projects aiming to create new jobs and eradicate poverty.
The novice government is still having more challenging issues hindering its progress. Even the weather seemed to conspire against it. Agriculture, which is considered a vital and important pillar marking the strength of the Moroccan economy, was effected badly this year by the shortage of rain. Consequently the prices of food get higher. This only is enough to kindle the rough of people and may lead to more strikes and protests.
Another unexpected source of concern to the Islamist-led government came but from the movement of Unity and Reform, the advocacy arm of the ruling party, the PJD. Mr. Ahmed Alhamdawi, head of the movement (MUR), forwarded a strongly worded message to the Government of Mr. Benkirane, calling him to carry on the reform away from excuses.
The existence of corruption lobbyists in Morocco is crystal clear to everyone and exists nearly in all countries. They stand in the way of any attempts to reform once it contradicts their benefits or does not favor their business. However, it is never an accepted excuse to free the government from fulfilling its duties and responsibilities towards people. Before being elected, any government should have a clear program and tactful strategies to attain those goals underlined in their program.
Unlike the previous Moroccan governments, the Islamist-led government is somehow doing well. But to bring significant improvements in living standards, reforming the decaying educational system, creating the thousands of jobs and affording housing to the homeless, it still has a long way in the future.
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