By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, June 20, 2012
The controversy over the premiums received by the previous Minister of Finance, Salaheddine Mezouar, had yesterday a new episode: an official apology from the PJD to NRI.
The oral question session in parliament held on Monday, June 18, was marked by the official apology by the parliamentary group of the PJD to the party of National Rally of Independents (NRI).
The Vice President of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Yatim, from the party of the Lamp (PJD), was forced to read a statement in which the Islamists ask NRIstes to put their disputes behind.
The controversy originated during the session of oral questions in the House of Representatives on Monday, June 11, broadcasted live on Al Oula, when Abdelaziz Aftati, the member of the ruling party (PJD) stated charges against Salaheddine Mezouar, the former finance minister and current chairman of the Opposing party (NRI) accusing the latter of receiving “under the table’ monthly premiums estimated at 40 million centimes ($53,000).
The MPs of the National Rally of Independents walked out from the House of Representatives calling for the withdrawal of Aftati’s charges and an apology on the part of the team of Justice and Development in order for the party (NRI) to resume their participation in oral questions in both Houses of Parliament.
Once finished reading the statement, Ahmed Zaidi, the president of the Socialist Group, took the floor to announce that the “reconciliation” was made without any cooperation with other parliamentary groups. Only the members of both parties (PJD and NRI) attended a meeting with the President of the Chamber devoted to this issue.
The apology of Abdelaziz Aftati was aired on the Casablanca-based Radio Plus. Aftati expressed his apologies for the “sixtieth times” to Mezouar, adding that he didn’t mention the name of Mezour in his previous charges and he is ready to apologize to the former Finance Minister in front of television and the parliament.