Rabat - A Moroccan parliamentarian has been in the eye of the storm since it described Moroccans living in the Rif region, in northern Morocco as “scumbags.”
Rabat – A Moroccan parliamentarian has been in the eye of the storm since it described Moroccans living in the Rif region, in northern Morocco as “scumbags.”
Reacting to the fact that some demonstrators held Spanish and Amazigh flags during the demonstrations that followed the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in Al-Houceima on Friday, Khadija Ziyani, a member of parliament from the Constitutional Union (CU), said “Hassan II was right when he described those people as scumbags.”
The MP’s comments on her Facebook account stirred an uproar throughout the country.
The CU suspended the membership of Khadija Ziyaani from the party’s parliamentary group on Wednesday.
The party apologized for Ziyani’s commented, which stated “King Hassan II was correct when he described the people of the Rif as riffraff.”
Ziyani’s remarks “do not reflect the stance of the Constitutional Union or its leadership,” according to the party’s statement, which added that an investigation into the statement would commence shortly.
After facing intense criticism from parliamentarians across the political spectrum, Ziyani has apologized for the offensive remarks.
“Social networking sites and media personalities have been circulating inaccurate information by pasting comments on a picture I posted on my personal Facebook account,” Ziyaani said. “
“Before I tried to have the posts removed, my friends showed me that the picture was fabricated and not real. For this reason, I am clarifying that the contents of the fabricated picture provoke me, as a citizen who refuses to resort to insulting a region for a special agenda to compromise the stability of the country.”
She added that she “condemns the political exploitation of comments by rival parties and refuse to fish in troubled waters by taking words out of the context they originally came from.”