Casablanca - The dismissed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has delivered a speech in tribute to the late leader of the Istiklal Party (PI), Mohammed Boucetta, where he eulogized his moderation and integrity.
Casablanca – The dismissed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has delivered a speech in tribute to the late leader of the Istiklal Party (PI), Mohammed Boucetta, where he eulogized his moderation and integrity.
Abdelilah Benkirane, Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), spoke Friday on the memorial of Mohammed Boucetta, the Istiklal Party leader who died on February 17. Abdelilah Benkirane, who was warmly received by party members, began by praising the PI as the mother of all political parties in Morocco.
“Let me remind you that there is no Moroccan who does not feel a belonging to the party of Istiklal,” said Benkirane. The PJD Secretary General reminded attendance that his own late mother had remained affiliated with the Istiklal Party until she died, even though her own son was the Secretary General of another party.
Benkirane heaped praise on the moderation that “characterized this party since the beginning” and noted that many crises in Morocco might have been avoided, had other parties endorsed PI’s moderation.
Benkirane pointed out that politicians who decide to engage in pubic affairs in Morocco find themselves presented with four options: “revolution and radical change […] or the choice of surrender in exchange for earthly offerings, or the choice of self-marginalization and pessimism […] or taking the way of moderation, and the toughest way is that of moderation.”
The PJD’s leader explained that when a politician chooses a middle way between extremes, he/she suffers at the hands of the adherents of these extremes, and by “those who want to make of the nation a pie to eat alone.” Benkirane also spoke of the tribulations experienced by Mohammed Boucetta throughout his career as a politician and praised his patience vis-à-vis these troubles, as well as his choice of moderation and political integrity.