Rabat - Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said he hopes Friday's elections will bring in a new leadership keen on developing and fostering tourism industry, a major pillar of the Moroccan economy, in tourist hotspots across the country, including Marrakech, Agadir and Fez.
Rabat – Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said he hopes Friday’s elections will bring in a new leadership keen on developing and fostering tourism industry, a major pillar of the Moroccan economy, in tourist hotspots across the country, including Marrakech, Agadir and Fez.
Haddad, also a member of the political bureau of the Popular Movement Party, took to Facebook on Saturday to welcome ‘possible changes’ in the leadership of major tourist destinations in the country following the announcement of the final results of municipal and regional elections.
“Good news, possible changes in the leadership of city councils of tourist cities like Marrakech, Agadir, Fez and Tangiers,” Lahcen Haddad wrote in Arabic and French.
“Elsewhere, it is the mayors who are the spearheads of tourism development and tourism promotion. Not here: Kabbaj [mayor of Agadir] blocked it; for Mansouri [mayor of Marrakech] the sector was the least of her worries; Chabat [mayor of Fez] has politicized local action to promote tourism as part of his skirmishes with Lebbar [Aziz Lebbar is a tourism industry businessman and President of the Regional Association of tourism industry of Fez]… change at the head of these cities is welcome,” the minister added.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) won 6,655 seats (21% of the total), while the Istiqlal Party took 5,106 seats (16%) followed closely by the ruling Islamist party of Justice and Development (PJD), which took 5,021 seats.
The party of the Lamp, led by Abdelilah Benkirane, won control of councils in the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier, Agadir and Fez.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad’s Facebook page