Rabat, June 14, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat, June 14, 2013 (MAP)
The more and more acute dissensions within the government majority and their effects on the socio-economic situation of the country is the main subject addressed by the editorials of the daily newspapers issued on Friday, along with other topics.
Under the title “the majority is getting torn apart”, Aujourd’hui le Maroc writes that “while we believed that the confrontation within the majority was limited to two men, namely Hamid Chabat, SG of the Istiqlal party, and Abdelilah Benkirane, Head of Government and SG of the PJD party, the clash between Benkirane and Karim Ghellab, speaker of the House of Representatives, Thursday in public, shows that the situation is much more complicated.”
The author of the editorial, who states that “the clash comes at a time when there was still hope that the Istiqlal and PJD will settle their differences,” says that “given the more or less severe statements of Ghellab towards Benkirane on the slow legislative process and the role of the Executive in this slowness, the crisis in the majority risks evolving into a crisis between the two institutions, namely the government and Parliament “.
The editorial deems that “this shows indeed that the majority is getting torn apart and that coexistence between its components becomes more difficult.”
In the same vein, L’Economiste writes that “hardly a month goes by without a new episode of disagreements within the Executive emerges.”
For its part, Annahar Al Maghribia notes that the volume of loans from international financial institutions got by the Benkirane government would “mortgage” the future of Morocco for many years and put it at the mercy of those institutions.
It adds that the government, which is deeply preoccupied with its internal conflicts, has not made much, and whenever it faces a difficult situation because of its mismanagement of public affairs, it resorts to two solutions, either borrowing from abroad or adopting “painful” solutions, in the words of the head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane.
Al Mounaataf says that after having passed nearly a third of its term, the government has not given thus far any glimmer of hope in launching the keenly-awaited reforms.
It adds that in reacting to objective criticism against the government and its leader, by both the majority and other parties, Benkirane uses a language of rhetoric and threats, not sparing even the press.
This attitude adds to the “crocodiles and demons” lexicon, which, according to the head of government, hampers the government’s action.
The editorial notes that the country’s economic situation, as indicated by national and international reports, rightly points to the structural adjustment plans adopted in the early 80s and which could have led Morocco to the brink of bankruptcy.
It states that after having denied in the beginning of his term the severity of the economic and financial situation, the head of government has finally acknowledged the existence of an economic and financial crisis.
With regard to the celebration by Morocco, like other countries of the world, the World Blood Donor Day, Le Soir Echos writes that “whatever we think of the health policy and its component relating to the collection of blood, we should not lose sight of the concrete solidarity dimension in this act.”
Bayan Al Yaoum writes that all administrative, security and dissuasive measures taken by the Ministry of Education to fight the spread of cheating in the baccalaureate exams remain insufficient to address the stratagems of an “organized criminal group”, in the words of the education minister.
Given the gravity of this phenomenon, the editorial deems that the fight against cheating should not be limited to dissuasion tools but it requires the mobilization of all the efforts to better sensitize students to the serious impact of this act.