Rabat - Photos and videos of Secretary General of Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane crying during his party’s rallies across different cities has elicited mixed reactions.
Rabat – Photos and videos of Secretary General of Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane crying during his party’s rallies across different cities has elicited mixed reactions.
Moroccan social media users have reacted extensively to pictures and videos showing Benkirane, , crying during many of his campaign tours. Comments have oscillated between sarcasm and sympathy, while others have criticized the superficiality of the judgment, and urged others to instead focus on the electoral program of the parties.
Social media users chiefly expressed creative sarcasm in the form of photos and posts. One of the pictures that went viral shows a weather forecast report with the map of Morocco, and Benkirane’s face in tears in different areas, an allusion to him crying during his campaign tours.
A second photo compared the head of the Moroccan government to crocodiles, insinuating that he cries to win people’s sympathy vote in the October 7 elections. Another photo replaced the sad smiley face on Facebook with the Benkirane’s crying face.
Facebook posts have also been mocking Benkirane. A post that many Moroccans shared on their Facebook profiles reads:, “Benkirane has cried in campaign more than Manar cried throughout the whole ‘Forgive me’ series,” alluding to the protagonist in a popular drama soap opera.
Another post says, “Well-informed sources reveal that the Minister of Agriculture is optimistic about the coming agricultural season because of Mr. Benkirane’s tears.”
Benkirane’s sympathizers explained his “sensitivity” as recognition of the popular backing he receives from his party’s supporters, especially since hundreds of thousands of them gather to meet him in the cities he visits during his tours.
“The tears of Benkirane can be explained as a huge sense of responsibility toward the crowds that he could not do much for,” says another post.
A separate segment of the population refused to delve into this subject matter, and reminded the public that it is the parties’ electoral program that matters, not Benkirane’s tears.