By Tarik Elbarakah
By Tarik Elbarakah
Morocco World News
Rabat, May 8, 2013
A new potential crackdown is lurking ahead for the governmental coalition in Morocco after recent statements made by the controversial secretary general of the Istiqlal Party, Hamid Chabat, on Sunday. Chabat described half of Benkirane’s cabinet ministers as always drunk.
Chabat spoke at a gathering of his party sympathizers in Fez, saying that it is shameful that in a year and a half since the arrival of the current Islamist government, its head knows nothing about his ministers and their social backgrounds. Chabat added that Benkirane is not aware of those who are married or divorced nor those who are bankrupt. “I say to Benkirane that half of his ministers are drunk all the time,” the Arabic language Daily Akhbar-alyoum reported.
The Istiqlali leader raised the bar even higher by saying that he is ready to stand in front of court if they don’t like his statements about the ministers and that then he will reveal new secrets and prove them with evidence.
Chabat added that he doesn’t need someone else to say on his behalf what he believes about the government and the crucial issues facing the country, unlike what Benkirane, the head of government, does when he hires what Chabat described as “mentally ill” people, in reference to PJD leaders Abdellah Bouano and Abdelaziz Afetati. Chabat claims Benkirane won’t speak directly to his political opponents because he’s too afraid to lose his position as the head of government.
Soon after Chabat’s statements were public, several public figures belonging to the political parties that form the ruling coalition condemned what the secretary general said and described it as “low” and “ultimate nonsense.” Others felt sorry that the Moroccan political elite give much attention and importance to switching accusations and bad-mouthing each other rather than focusing on the bigger problems that the country faces in this difficult juncture.
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