By Tarik Elbarakah
By Tarik Elbarakah
Morocco World News
Inzegan, Agadir, June 23, 2013
Amid the overwhelming chanting of pro-PJD slogans, Lahcen Daoudi, the minister of higher education, entered the electrified arena pumping his fists as hundreds of the party members and sympathizers from all over the region of Souss Massa Daraa, in southern Morocco, stood to welcome their guest who came to give the opening statement of the second PJD youth’s regional assembly held on Saturday in Inzegane.
After listening to beautifully-recited quranic verses and glorifying the country by repeating the national hymn, the party’s parliamentarians from the Souss Massa Daraa region took the floor and spoke for minutes and minutes while their long-awaited VIP visitor was scrolling down his tablet with his seemed-to-be-injured finger.
Khalid Elboukeraai, who was recently elected as the national secretary of the PJD youth, opened fire on Hamid Chabat, the general secretary of the Istiqlal party, whom he described as “a leader made from paper,” and carried on bombarding several former and current ministers who belong to the Istiqlal party and hold them responsible for Morocco’s status quo.
When it was Daoudi’s turn to take the microphone, the segregated crowd went crazy and the pro-PJD and Benkirane slogans erupted once again.
“It’s a war between good and evil,” he said, “there is no alternative to the PJD during the current circumstances.”
In his unprepared speech, the minister focused mainly on education, but he seized the opportunity to attack his political adversaries whom he called “ snakes”, and kept assuring that his party’s ultimate interest is the prosperity of Morocco not to win the elections.
Lahcen Daoudi who came 2 hours behind schedule said that the new rules he and his colleagues in the ruling coalition are implementing are simple: “Either to work or get out!”.
As he was about the end of his one and a half hour long speech, Daoudi Addressed his party’s young militants and said: “Be proud, don’t be intimidated by the other, you are reforming.”
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