Rabat - Five months after his appointment as Morocco’s Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, told reporters on Thursday that there is nothing new about the coalition of government, which has still not been formed.
Rabat – Five months after his appointment as Morocco’s Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, told reporters on Thursday that there is nothing new about the coalition of government, which has still not been formed.
Regarding the Socialist Union of Popular Forces’ (USFP) desire to join the parties that will lead the government over the next five years, Benkirane said, that he has not requested or addressed Idriss Lachgar, USFP’s Secretary General to join the government.
“Lachgar rather than directly coming to me to negotiate – he went to [ally] Aziz Akhannouch, Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI),” said Benkirane.
Asked about Akhannouch’s desire to include the USFP in the government coalition, Benkirane said, “this is Akhannouch – I had already expressed my position in a formal statement.”
Previously, Benkirane had said in a press release that the second government coalition, after reforming the constitution in 2011, will be led by the former government’s major parties, that include the Justice and Development Party (PJD), the Popular Movement (MP) the RNI, and the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS).
“I am still waiting for the answer of Akhannouch and Mohand Laenser, Secretary-General of the MP – when they answer me I will know how to deal with the issue,” said Benkirane.
Benkirane reasserted that he will find a solution to the governmental deadlock when King Mohammed VI returns from his tour of the African continent.
Since he was assigned to form the government,is appointment as Head of Government on, October 10, Benkirane’s negotiations with party leaders to determine which parties will lead the government have remained ineffective, referred to by Moroccans as “Governmental deadlock.”