Rabat - A group of Moroccan members of parliament has rejected to take smartphones given to them for free by the department of the House of Representatives.
Rabat – A group of Moroccan members of parliament has rejected to take smartphones given to them for free by the department of the House of Representatives.
Ilyass Omari, the Secretary General of the Modernity and Authenticity Party (PAM), has called on the party’s MPs to return the smart phones, as well as gasoline cards, within a week.
The PAM issued a communiqué Tuesday saying that the party will instead allocate a sum from its budget for the transportation and mobile expenses of its MPs.
The Federation of Democratic Left’s (FGD) MPs Omar Belafrej and Mustapha Chennaoui have rejected to take the smartphones, in addition to Hanan Rihab, a MP from the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) who wrote on her Facebook she had returned the phone.
The grant of mobile phones to the party’s MPs from the House of Representatives had sparked uproar and criticism at the high cost of the phones valued at MAD 5,000 to 8,000.
“This decision must be praised,” political analyst Omar Cherkaoui told Morocco World News. “It is one of the [many] courageous positions taken by the PAM to preserve public money.”
Cherkaoui clarified that the grant of mobile phones was not an official parliamentary stipulation. “It was only agreed upon during the former term led by Rachid Talbi Alami, the former president of the House of Representatives.”
“These privileges granted to the MPs should be reviewed,” Cherkaoui said. “The PAM and other MPs should submit a request to both House of Representatives and Advisors to abolish all these privileges.”
The Justice and Development Party (PJD) has not made a public announcement regarding their position on the granted cellphones. Idriss Azami Idrissi, president of the PJD’s House of Representatives team, did not respond to MWN’s calls for comment.