Rabat - Bassima El Hakkaoui – who, up till now had been the Minister of Solidarity, Women and Family - will assume the role of Minister of Communications as of Monday, according to an anonymous cabinet source who confirmed the information to Morocco World News.
Rabat – Bassima El Hakkaoui – who, up till now had been the Minister of Solidarity, Women and Family – will assume the role of Minister of Communications as of Monday, according to an anonymous cabinet source who confirmed the information to Morocco World News.
Mustafa El Khalfi held the position, which also entails being the government’s official spokesman, until El Hakkaoui took it over today.
The resignation is part of a legal formality as the Justice and Development Party (PJD) prepares its cabinet for the next five years based on the member parties of the new government coalition.
The PJD and the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) both made substantial gains in the House of Representatives as a result of the October 7th elections.
On Saturday, the much-coveted Istiqlal or Independence Party (PI), announced it would be joining the government coalition in lieu of supporting the PAM-led opposition.
PI joined the government coalition in 2011, but deserted the alliance in 2013 due to “unpopular” decisions made by PJD-affiliated Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane.
Due to the nature of Istiqlal’s previous withdrawal, it was uncertain whether the group would be a part of the governing parties.
The decision came from the unanimous agreement of Istiqlal’s National Council after a two-hour meeting regarding the future of one of Morocco’s oldest political organizations.
Earlier this month, Mohamed Laaraj, a member of the Popular Movement’s politburo, too declared that his party would participate in the government coalition.
Laaraj said the decision owed to the “common denominators the two parties share.”