Rabat - The son of the incumbent Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelileh Benkirane said Tuesday he feels sorry for his father for standing in the cutting edge of Morocco’s political scene.
Rabat – The son of the incumbent Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelileh Benkirane said Tuesday he feels sorry for his father for standing in the cutting edge of Morocco’s political scene.
Speaking in Facebook statements four days after his father was announced a frontrunner in Morocco’s parliamentary elections held on October 7, Benkirane’s son, Oussama, said: “Had it not been a national and religious duty, my father would not have accepted to be appointed as head of government. The burden is so heavy on his shoulders.”
“How would we react the day we are questioned about the sick people held in public hospitals, the widowed women, orphaned children in the countryside and slums, the browbeaten convicts inside court halls, the dead people, and the casualties of road traffic accidents?” wondered Oussama.
“How would we respond the day we are questioned about the people who crookedly rough up money, the children who have gone off track at primary schools, and the women who pass away in childbirth in far-flung villages?” the statement further read.
“Do not pat on my back for my father’s reappointment as Prime Minister,” Oussama Benkriane told his followers on Facebook. “You know very well that this is an onus and never a privilege.”
“I pity my father for such a heavy burden,” Oussama concluded.
Talking to Morocco World News, a Tunisian analyst voiced concerns that Oussama’s statements would presage the onset of a crisis in Benkirane’s onerous five-year term, amid calls, by Moroccans, to improve socio-economic conditions in the Kingdom.
“The question that throws up itself in the mind of Northern Africans at the moment is whether Benkirane’s government will have something else in their political stock to give to the Moroccans?”
King Mohammed VI has entrusted 62-year-old Abdelilah Benkirane, the Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), with forming a new government makeup, three days after PJD secured 125 seats in Morocco’s Parliamentary ballots, held on October 7.