Rabat - During an appearance on Kaffas Al Ittiham programme on Med Radio Abdelilah Benkirane, head of the Moroccan Government and Secretary General of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), highlighted last week the nature of his relationship with King Mohammed VI.
Rabat – During an appearance on Kaffas Al Ittiham programme on Med Radio Abdelilah Benkirane, head of the Moroccan Government and Secretary General of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), highlighted last week the nature of his relationship with King Mohammed VI.
During the one and a half-hour programme, Benkirane told the show’s host, Redouane Remdani, that “he is ready” to reconsider some of his long-held religious opinions, if they go against those of king Mohammed VI.
“When the king offers me something, I consider his opinion at the expense of mine. Although I don’t share some of his opinions from a religious point of view, I accept it because he is the Commander of the Faithful and because obedience of the ruler is mentioned in the Quran,” he said, adding that “despite the ups and downs [he] has an overall good relationship with the king.
Morocco’s Premiere seizes every opportunity to express his respect for the monarchy and to reassure Moroccans that he is not in conflict with the king.
Speaking during the 10th annual Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC) organized by the Harvard Arab Alumni Association in the capital Rabat last week, Benkirane said that that one of the secrets of his success was that he understood from the very beginning that there will be no future for his party, the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), if they conflicted with King Mohammed VI.
Benkirane told the audience during the opening of the HAWC that working hand in hand with the king has yielded positive results, stressing that the Party of Justice and Development “would either rule with the king or leave office, but not conflict with the king.”
In an interview with Russian channel Russia Today in November 2014, he stated that “the monarchy preserved the religious unity of the kingdom while taking into account the foundations of modernity.”
In another television appearance on Qatari network Al Jazeera, Benkirane said that “the king and the monarchy are entities to comply with,” adding that “the hand kissing was not essential and that those who do not wish to do so can just lean on his shoulder.”