By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, July 14, 2012
The Justice and Development party (PJD), headed by current Prime Minister of Morocco Abdelilah Benkirane, opened its seventh congress on Saturday, the complex of Moulay Abdellah, in Rabat.
Over 2,000 people attended the opening of congress, including party leaders, Moroccan and foreigners politicians mostly from Arab countries, in addition to journalists from various national and foreign media outlets.
The seventh congress of the PJD is the first held by the party after its victory in the parliamentary elections of November 2011.
The opening session of the congress was marked by lively shootings and slogans raised by the audience expressing welcomes to the guests who attend the congress. A warm welcome was reserved to Khaled Meshaal, the leading figure of the Islamic resistant movement Hamas
“What happened to the Arab and Muslim nation recently is unbelievable and it is not yet over,” said At Abdelilah Benkirane the opening of the congress.
“Our party wants to establish good governance, after decades of political mediocrity that have led citizens to lose confidence in partisans and elected institutions” reads a document the PJD displayed in the premises of the conference.
The national political leaders, including Mustafa ElBakuri, Secretary General of PAM, described the Seventh National Congress of the PJD as “important political moment in the life of the party and the Moroccan political scene.”
The audience, affiliated with the ruling party, reacted angrily by “whistles and boos” after the image of Salah Eddine Mezouar- the leader of the National Rally of Independents and former finance minister- was displayed on a large screen situated in the center of the conference platform.
The congress was marked by the presence of Carmen Quinitanilla, representative of the Spanish ruling party, the Popular Party.
Her presence did not go unnoticed, as her appearance was met with loud boos from the audience, which described her party as “racist and anti-Moroccans.”
Spanish Minister of Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, made a statement to the press that has been considered provocative and unfriendly by Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before the start of his trip to the enclave of Melilla, he expressed his admiration for Spanish soldiers who fought against the Moroccans during the Rif war between 1921 and 1926, especially during the Annoual battle.
The same day, the Spanish Minister decided to send a detachment of the Spanish Guardia Civil to detachment of the Guardia Civil to the three Jaafariya islands located 50 kilometers east of Melilla, in northern Morocco.
Morocco’s Foreign Minister summoned the Spanish Ambassador to Rabat to express his disapproval of the decision made by Madrid.