Rabat – Morocco’s appointed Head of Government and Secretary General of the Justice and the Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane, will reportedly meet Aziz Akhannouch, Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI), on Friday.
On Monday, Benkirane met Akhannouch and, as soon as the party leaders ended their meeting, Akhannouch told journalists that “there is an agreement on a number of points between him and Benkirane. Meanwhile, the discussion is still ongoing about the harmony of [the parties that will lead] the new government.”
The two party leaders are expected to discuss several impending issues during tomorrow’s meeting, including the Istiqlal Party’s (IP) participation in the government, which is one of the main arguments that has delayed the formation of the government and led to what is commonly known amongst Moroccans as a “governmental blockage.”
Akhannouch maintains that he will not join the coalition government until Benkirane excludes the leader of the IP, Hamid Chabbat. In response to this ultimatum, Benkirane has rejected Akhannouch’s plea and is upholding his decision to include Chabbat and Akhannouch in the same coalition government.
Amidst this growing controversy over the delay of government’s formation, King Mohammed VI intervened last week by assigning his advisors Abdelatif Mennouni and Omar Kabbaj to gather with Benkirane at the government’s headquarters. The advisors have reportedly requested Benkirane to hasten the formation of the government.