Rabat - Morocco’s newly appointed Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani, has reportedly put the finishing touches on the structure of the upcoming government.
Rabat – Morocco’s newly appointed Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani, has reportedly put the finishing touches on the structure of the upcoming government.
The government will consist of 25-27 ministers and 5-7 Secretaries of State. It will also see the regrouping of some departments under one ministry, such as the Ministry of Communication will be amalgamated with the Ministry of Culture. By the same token, the Ministry of National Education will be integrated into Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training.
The Ministry of Justice and Freedoms will be extended to include the Department of Human Rights. The Ministry of Transport, Equipment and Logistics will now include the Water department and the Ministry of Energy will incorporate the Sustainable Development Department.
The Justice and Development Party (PJD) is reportedly seeking to take charge of the Ministries that its members had led in the former government, including the Ministry of Justice, Freedom and Human Rights Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Culture and Communication. The PJD is also seeking ministerial portfolios in the field of finance and economy.
Members of the Popular Movement party (MP) will reportedly be allocated to four ministerial portfolios and a secretariat of state. Speculation has these positions possibly being awarded to Mohamed Ouzzine, Fatna El Kihel, Nezha Bouchareb, Hakima El Haite and Hammou Ouhalli.
The head of the Ministry of Agriculture will remain the National Rally of Independent’s, Aziz Akhannouch. Mohamed Boussaid will possibly remain the head the Ministry of Economy and Finance and Moulay Hafid Elalamy will lead the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
There is also speculation that the Constitutional Union (UC) party will manage three positions, led by the party’s Secretary General, Mohamed Sajid, Hassan Abayda and Driss Radi.
Secretary General of the Socialist Union of the Popular Forces (USFP), Idriss Lachgar, has, so far, been excluded from lading any ministerial portfolio.