By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, June 8, 2012
Moroccans will have to wait before they can witness the birth of a new Islamist party. Under the name Al Oumma and led by Mohammed Merouani, the party is still battling for an accreditation from the ministry of interior, as their request has been transferred for the second time to the administrative justice for further verifications. The party has published a statement condemning the delay in the admission procedure describing the justifications advanced by the ministry as purely political.
The Oumma party militants consider that Mha?ed Al Ansar’s approach mirrors the ministry reserves about the formation of a new Islamist party.
The party submitted its first request on March 21st, 2012 and received the receipt the following day. The application file was then transferred to the administrative justice department on Mai 14. The ministry deemed it necessary to transfer the application again to the administrative justice for examination.
Mohammed Merouani, the Oumma party leader declared that “Both the head of government and the Minister of Justice andLliberties should assume their responsibilities”. On the other hand, Mr. Merouani considers that Mr. Al Ansar‘s approach is a continuation of the Ministry of Interior repressive policy.
Mohammed Merouani was imprisoned in the Balliraj case where many Islamist politicians were accused of belonging to a Belgian Moroccan terrorist network. Merouani along with political prisoners from the Islamist group Al Adl wal Ihsane were granted royal amnesty on April 14. When released from prison Mohammed Merouani declared: “I wish that all those who were unjustly detained be released very soon. Morocco is opening a brand new page in the process of self reconciliation ».