Rabat - After his dismissal by King Mohamed VI as a head of government, the Secretary General of Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane will certainly continue to make the headlines of Moroccan press.
Rabat – After his dismissal by King Mohamed VI as a head of government, the Secretary General of Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane will certainly continue to make the headlines of Moroccan press.
Unlike his predecessors, former Prime Ministers Abderrahim El Youssfi and Abbass El Fassi, whose political careers ended as their terms in government were over, Benkirane is “here to stay.”
During a meeting with his party’s youth organization, the former head of government hinted that he might continue as PJD’s Secretary General, or assume another position, but he nonetheless will not quit.
Benkirane has been a charismatic leader of PJD since he was elected as a secretary general in 2008.
Since then, the Islamists leader became a prominent figure in Moroccan politics and went on to turn into a “rock star” during his mandate as head of government (2011-2016).
A skillful politician and a great speaker who masterfully knows how to get his audience attention, Benkirane’s personality is yet a set of contradictions.
At times he seemed a careless head of government who would forget to observe protocol and whose statements incurred the wrath of the king and foreign countries.
He seemed both as a head of government battling with other circles of power in Moroccan political system, but at the same time he was the most conservative of his co-members when it came to defending the prerogatives of the king as head of the executive, even at the expense of his own ones as head of government.
By declaring he has no intention to resign, Abdelilah Benkirane will be still talked about even if he left the centre stage.