Casablanca - Is it the beginning of the end of the Chabat saga, so named for the man who came out of nowhere in politics? Why this question, and why now?
Casablanca – Is it the beginning of the end of the Chabat saga, so named for the man who came out of nowhere in politics? Why this question, and why now?
In the past few months, the Istiqlal “bulldozer” has received many blows and some may prove fatal. The latest came from the Ministry of the Interior, which banned a demonstration planned by the General Union of Workers of Morocco on Sunday, February 23. This is one of the very few times that the Ministry prohibits such an action from a “domesticated” union, not from the radical left. They knew that the leader of this union is none other than Hamid Chabat, who provided so many services to the State when he faced the youth of February 20.
If the Ministry really feared a merging of Chabat’s demonstration and the February 20 Movement, he could manage to find a way around the ban. Nonetheless, the ban is perceived as a cold shower from the Populist Party leader Sidi Allal.
The second blow that Chabat received was that the Constitutional Council invalidated the election results of Moulay Yacoub, a member of the Istiqlal. His constituency will hold a fourth election, but honestly, there is little chance that people will vote for a deputy for a fourth time who, is useless in every way.
However, the most important part of the Council’s decision to judge Chabat’s discourse during the campaign. He is accused of insulting and defaming an opponent in the PJD. This kind of behavior will no longer be allowed in electoral contests. When the Magistrates’ Council found no legal or constitutional text that supported their accusation, they resorted to the audio-visual code. This jurisprudence, although criticized by the media and the public on moral and political grounds, may be used in the future to invalidate elections where insults have been used and the attacks are successful. But the gravity of this judgment is that the highest authority of the Kingdom will give Chabat a “yellow card” to let him know that his language is not suited for a political party leader. This is a statement that everyone will notice.
Chabat’s third blow was given by the Court of Appeals in Rabat. The Court has accepted the request for a review of the legality of the election at the last training convention in 2012. The judge summoned and interviewed Hamid Chabat and his opponents about the current “intransigence” within the Istiqlal. But it is too early to predict what the verdict of the Court could be the. If the Court carefully examines the Istiqlal, it will discover many anomalies. The fact that Chabat remains suspended in the face of a judicial decision is a severe blow to his moral authority as a party leader.
And finally, the fourth blow to Chabat is the way in which he fell out of the parliamentary majority and the Benkirane government. It is well known that Chabat believed that he was providing invaluable services by breaking his pact with the Benkirane coalition; but at the same time, spring was turning to summer, and the age of the Islamists began to tarnish in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Chabat thought that he would succeed in leading the government, but the opposite happened. Benkirane received support from the palace through INR participation, and the shamed politician found himself on the outside looking in.
Is there any relationship between these events, which occurred in such a short period of time? Will those who thought that Hamid Chabat would win against Benkirane finally realized that he actually strengthened the PJD instead of weakened it? Will Chabat achieve his mandate or not? These questions have answers that promise to be exciting.
Translated by Nahla Landolsi. Edited by Katrina Bushko
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