Rabat, May 25, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat, May 25, 2013 (MAP)
The divisions within the government coalition, against the backdrop of the decision of the the Istiqlal party to withdraw from the government, and their impact on the management of the country’s affairs in a climate marked by difficult economic conditions, are the major topic addressed this week by the editorials of the weekly press.
Under the title “Poltical Mess: Beyond the Show”, le Reporter writes that “by announcing its decision to withdraw from the government, the Istiqlal party has triggered a crisis of the majority,” adding that the leader of the party, Hamid Chabat, has not ceased to nurture controversy by raising the party’s claims: First, a cabinet reshuffle, reconsidering the party’s portfolios, then granting it clearly-defined departments (including those of Finance, Equipment …), then a unity government excluding the Pogress and Socialism party (PPS).
The major parties, in turn, multiplied statements and suggestions of crisis (such as the National Rally of the Independents -RNI), and other parties set up a bloc (like the USFP, with a decision merger with the Socialist Party and the Labour Party, the editorial says.
Finances News Hebdo warns that “the political crisis in Morocco would undermine the economy,” saying that it is “a setback” that will not appeal to international donors but, most importantly, would involve further deterioration of macroeconomic aggregates.
“The direct consequence of this political squabble is the inevitable delay in reforms to be undertaken,” it also warns.
The editorial adds that the big reforms are urgent and keenly awaired by both domestic and international observers, especially that they have a disastrous impact on the balance of public finances.
For its part, La Nouvelle Tribune notes that while the “imported” crisis ended up deeply affecting the economic and financial landscape of the kingdom in 2013, the political class does not seem to take interest in this situation, including some parties in charge of a government responsibility.
Under the title “Is Chabat Crazy?” Le Canard libéré indicates that tensions between the Istiqlal and PJD go unabated, adding that “citizens, who are already not satisfied with the political class because of successive disappointments, have now grounds for this sentiment.”
Recalling that Benkirane and his friends think that Hamid Chabat, who is supposed to support the government action, is but a puppet manipulated by those -unnamed- who seek to attract the PJD to marginal quarrels to divert them from the serious problems, the editorial notes that” it is not clear what Chabat exactly blames the Head of Government for.
“Incorrigible, Chabat, who is excessively widening the circle of his opponents, is taking a big risk, that of isolating himself even in his own camp. This is called political suicide,” it concludes.
For its part, Le Temps points out that “the economy is going through a crisis that we can only escape by taking clear and bold decisions.”
According to the editorial, “the only solution is the formation of a national unity government, reinforced by a partisan consensus.”
In the same vein, Challenge writes that “the differences within the majority and the threat of the Istiqlal party to leave the government adds to the prevailing uncertainty,” especially that commitments were taken vis-à-vis the IMF and are not honoured.