By Youssef Sourgo
By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, March 4, 2013
Hamid Chabat, the Secretary-General of Istiqlal Party, affirmed today that he would endeavor his utmost to revive the democratic coalition with parties representing the democratic progressive row, in a bid to build an expanded political coalition by 2016, the daily “Al-Akhbar” reported on Monday.
Chabat went on to say that he would strive to reinforce the coalition with strong political alliances, which would build on transparent programs and common political prospects.
Chabat described his party’s alliance with the Justice and Development Party as a momentary one, whose central objective is “solely to reinforce the country’s interests and that it was by no means a strategic political alliance.”
In this regard, he stressed that his party’s alliance with the PJD would end by 2016, specifically by the current government’s end of term.
Moreover, Chabat expressed his astonishment at what was mentioned by Driss Lachguar, the Secretary General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces party (USFP), during his recent dialogue with the weekly Jeune Afrique, in which Lachghar frankly expressed his frustration with both Chabat and Nabil Benabdellah, the secretary general of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS).
Since the February 1998, date of the appointment of the first “alternance” government by the late Hassan II, until November 2001, the Istiqlal party formed a coalition- called Koutla- with the USFP party and the PPS.
This coalition split after the legislative elections held in November 25, 2011, the first polls held since the adoption of the new Moroccan constitution in July 1, 2011.
While the Istiqlal party and the Party of Progress and Socialism chose to enter into a heterogeneous coalition with the Party of Justice and Development, the USFP joined the ranks of the opposition.
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