Rabat - King Mohammed VI said on Friday in Rabat that Parliament should reflect the citizens’ concerns and be a platform for serious, responsible dialogue on major national issues.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI said on Friday in Rabat that Parliament should reflect the citizens’ concerns and be a platform for serious, responsible dialogue on major national issues.
“Representing the citizens is a great responsibility. It must be shouldered by elected officials and political parties alike – by honoring the commitments they made to the citizens and by seeking to respond to their pressing concerns”, the Sovereign said in a speech before the members of the Parliament’s two houses at the opening of the first session of the fifth legislative year of the ninth legislature,
“It is also a national responsibility that requires us – all of us – to rise to this historic moment in the life of the nation,” he added.
Noting that the “political discourse does not always live up to the citizen’s expectations”, the King recalled that “arguing over trivial matters will always be at the expense of addressing pressing issues and the real concerns of the citizens”.
“This, in turn, leads to people’s dissatisfaction with politics in general, and to the citizen’s lack of interest in Parliament’s real mission”, the Monarch said.
The major national issues “require all of you – the ruling parties as well as the opposition, the Government as well as Parliament – to make the spirit of constructive consensus prevail and to avoid political bickering”, he concluded.