Rabat - May 21, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat – May 21, 2013 (MAP)
The standoff in the Moroccan government coalition triggered by the Istiqlal party decision to withdraw from the government, the fight against corruption and the 8th anniversary of the National initiative for human development are the highlights of Moroccan editorials published this May 21, 201.
+Aujourd’hui le Maroc+ which run an editorial titled “credibility” stresses that political parties themselves are the big looser in this crisis because they have lost all credibility and are disappointing citizens who are also electors.
The danger, the paper goes on, is that as a result of this situation voters might shy again from parties and elections, regretting that political parties are so busy with marginal conflicts that they might not fathom the scope of damages.
On its part, +Le Soir Echos+ comments that “everybody agrees that the crisis caused by the Istiqlal party is first of all an internal crisis”, noting that the party’s new leaders, Hamid Chabat, is only seeking to impose his new protégés.
For the editorialist, if a government reshuffle takes place, the agenda of each of the coalition member should be taken into account, particularly regarding health issues as the current health minister has been adopting an aggressive and concrete approach that meets the citizens’ expectations.
He considers that replacing the present health minister will entail a freeze in reforms and hence will be a victory for the drug industry lobby.
“Anyway, the editorialist goes on, the country’s interests should not be tied to partisan considerations, which are necessarily short-term ones”.
On the fight against corruption, +L’Economiste+ addresses in its editorial the problem of corruption in public procurements, insisting that expectations have not weakened despite a depressed juncture.
What is really dangerous, when public contracts are awarded only on the basis of the highest bid, notwithstanding considerations of efficiency and competence, is the economic and social implications of such a practice.
The editorialist warns that in such cases when contracts are awarded to the highest bidder it is the community that pays the price in time of delays, concluding that the problem does not only consist in suspicious enrichment and dirty money.
+Bayane Al Yaoum+ chose as a theme of its editorial the 8th anniversary of the national human development initiative, launched by HM King Mohammed VI in 2005, and argues that one of its weak points is that the initiative is managed by local authorities, noting that a change in this regard will give a new impetus to this initiative.
The editorialist calls for an investigation on various programs conducted under this initiative and recommends that the Initiative should be carried on and its financial capacity should be further consolidated but its management should not be supervised by the local authorities if the target population is to adhere fully to this process.