Casablanca - The Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) latest communiqué has implied that Moroccan Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane will likely not include the Istiqlal Party (IP) in the coalition government after all.
Casablanca – The Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) latest communiqué has implied that Moroccan Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane will likely not include the Istiqlal Party (IP) in the coalition government after all.
The formation of the coalition government, which has been delayed numerous times due to controversy surrounding party representation, may finally come to fruition.
A communiqué released by the PJD late on January 3 welcomed the “clear political messages contained in the Istiqlal Party’s latest communiqué and its understanding of political developments.”
The statement is in reference to the Istiqlal’s latest statement, in which it assured the PJD that it would stand by it regardless of whether or not the IP is included in the government. The PJD’s positive response to that statement thus implies that it will likely take the Istiqlal up on its offer.
The IP’s assurance comes after weeks of controversy and debate surrounding its leader’s statements on Mauritania, which caused uproar in the nation and abroad. During a party meeting in late December, IP leader Hamid Chabat had stated that “Mauritania lays on Moroccan soil and it is a land that is purely Moroccan,” a bold statement that could not have come at a more inopportune time, given Benkirane’s efforts to form a government and given already tense Morocco-Mauritanian relations.
In its communiqué released last night, the PJD commended Chabat for his “commitment” to participating in the government. It also reminded its followers that “the IP will still take part in the parliament, even if it’s not a part of the government,” a reassurance that is likely the PJD’s way of keeping the IP on its team, suggesting the the Istiqlal Party will still retain some level of power.
The implication that the IP may not take part in the coalition government is, nonetheless, good news for Aziz Akhannouch (RNI) and Mohand Laenser (MP), who had firmly stood against the IP’s involvement.