Rabat, May 04, 2013 (MAP)
The Turkish prime minister’s visit to Morocco and the future of bilateral ties and the monthly parliamentary question time on the government general policy, are the major highlights of Moroccan editorials (June 04, 2013).
ERDOGAN’s VISIT TO MOROCCO
Le Soir Echos notes that “Turkey has increased its influence in the Arab-Muslim world following Egypt weakening and has also built on its attempt to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza.”
Turkey’s involvement in attempts to reach a settlement to the Middle East conflicts, particularly in the Syrian and Iranian crisis, illustrates the new importance gained by the country, the daily writes.
The editorialist who calls Morocco and its diplomacy to find the best formula of cooperation as part of regional management by Mediterranean actors, stresses that Morocco needs alliances that are the natural extension of those it already has with superpowers.
The editorialist also notes that the deficit suffered by Morocco in its trade balance with Turkey is to be blamed on Moroccan entrepreneurs who did not know how to use this dynamic market, underlining that Erdogan’s visit with a business delegation is an opportunity to seize by directing effort to investments and the creation of production centers.
In an editorial titled « loyalty », L’Economiste says the Moroccan enterprises’ boycott of this visit is causing several problems as Morocco is also incurring deficit in its trade with Turkey and Moroccan business operators are suspecting that Turkey is subsidizing exports.
For Ennahar Al Maghribia which runs an editorial titled “failure of Erdogan’s visit” stresses that the Moroccan enterprises association’s boycott of meetings with Erdogan is due to the Moroccan government’s attitude toward these enterprises and its failure to listen to the grievances of Moroccan enterprises.
« It is regrettable that Abdelilah Benkirane (the head of government) has not understood that his Turkish counterpart is only trying to save his own situation and is not coming to help Moroccan Islamists get out of their own crisis”, the editorialist insists.
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT’S MONTHLY QUESTION TIME AT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia writes that Abdelilah Benkirane has tried, last Friday, to give to Moroccans the image of a head of government in full command of the executive power, while trying to give the impression that he was not affected by the opposition’s decision to boycott the monthly question time at the House of Representatives.
Noting that Benkirane continues to present himself as a “victim of plots” and reiterated that the executive power will carry out its reforms, the editorialist says that the image that Benkirane is trying to convey that he is sure of his popularity and of his chances to win elections, even early ones, is an inaccurate image as he has become the head of a minority following the decision made by the Istiqlal party (part of the government coalition) to play the game of the opposition during this monthly session although the Istiqlal’s ministers are still in the government while the showdown with the opposition has reached a pinnacle with a collective boycott of this session.
The editorial argues that the head of government should not neglect the deep government crisis, noting that at mid-term, Benkirane has not succeeded in controlling his majority and has even contributed to worsening the crisis.