Rabat, May 23, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat, May 23, 2013 (MAP)
Inter-government divisions entailed by the decision by a coalition member, Istiqlal party, to withdraw from the government and the announced fusion between three leftist parties are the major themes commented this Thursday by Moroccan editorials.
Aujourd’hui le Maroc notes that while the Istiqlal party leader’s criticism of the head of government’s “party for justice and development” can be understood, his criticism of ministers from his own party are less understandable.
The editorialist notes that the Istiqlal party has its own structures that can evaluate objectively the performance of the ministers belonging to the party and give them a chance to defend their action, deploring that the harsh criticism of the party leader might be considered as a means of settling his own accounts with the party’s figures who had supported his rival at the party’s elections of a secretary general.
For Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia, the government crisis is still persisting as the Istiqlal party secretary general continues to kindle the conflict while the head of government continues to affirm that the government is sound and that the majority is very sick at a time the two parties are waging a fierce war against each other in the media.
The two men claims are irreconcilable, the editorialist writes, noting that the Istiqlal party leader is claiming a total overhaul of the government composition in order to get rid of the Istiqlal ministers who had supported his rival during the elections for the position of secretary general, take hold of some ministerial departments held by other parties and postpone the local elections to 2015.
Meanwhile, the editorial goes on, the head of government is calling the Istiqlal party’s leader to renounce his bellicose language, propose new minister-candidates from his party, respect the head of government, and behave like a leader of a majority party rather than like a union leader threatening to call it quit every time his grievances are not met.
For Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the crisis in Morocco knows no limits, especially at the economic level. The editorialist notes that while leaders of western countries are taking a series of measures to limit damages, in Morocco, the government crisis continues to affect the management of public affairs.
The editorialist added that the government crisis threatens to hamper the quest of solutions to the economic problems and jeopardize the pursuit of the people interests.
On the same topic, Le Soir argues that the electoral system is to be blamed for the current crisis as this system makes it impossible for a single party to win absolute majority and be thus able to manage affairs coherently with its own program and to be accountable for it, explaining that the present system, designed to protect the pluralism and diversity of the Moroccan society, entails the shattering of voices among tiny parties that do not have any fundamental ideology.
It stresses, in this regard, that the fusion of three leftist political parties, announced on Wednesday, illustrates the irrelevance of shattered programs.
It is time to start examining the electoral system issue, and hence electoral, warding and set a timetable for a deep reforms, supervised by neutral circles and think-tanks instead of waiting until elections are near.
For L’Economiste, the fusion shows that the left parties are more worried than they actually show, calling on the Socialist union for popular forces (USFP/opposition) to be more aggressive, as only two leaders are emerging now in the political landscape.
The editorialist also warns small parties of dangers of extinction unless they merge with other parties.
Annahar Al Maghribia which runs an editorial titled « the return of socialist forces » sees that the components of the socialist family have set aside their divergences and decided to be a real opposition to face the political, economic social, cultural and liberties regression.
The editorialist considers that the start of the fusion process between the USFP, the Labor Party and the Socialist party will put the left unification train on the right track, calling other parties of the left to join the family, as unification has become a must.