By Chaymaa Benallouch
By Chaymaa Benallouch
Rabat – The re-emergence of formerly-ousted Minister of Youth and Sports Mohammed Ouzzine in the parliament on Tuesday has stirred an uproar on social media, after a video showed him wondering if raised the small platform on which the ministers give their talks is called a “podium” or a “stage.”
Social media users were surprised that Ouzzine, who had dropped out of sight after being dismissed by King Mohammed VI over Rabat’s Moulay Abdellah stadium scandal, headed the oral questions session of the House of Representatives this Tuesday.
The video was an excerpt of the session of the House of Representatives that was aired live.
“What do you call this, is it a stage or a podium? Or what?” Ouzzine appeared asking his colleagues in Arabic. “The stage is broad, and this is a podium not stage.”
Following his unexpected appearance, many users of social media started making memes and using funny captions to ridicule Ouzzine.
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The department of the House assigned Ouzzine as the as the fifth deputy of the Head of the House of Representative in order to chair the session was about the Hirak popular movement protests in the Rif. Later, when Ouzzine gave the floor to the Federal Democratic Left’s parliamentarian, Omar Balafrej who had only five seconds to speak, simply uttered “Pik Ya Wlidi,” a phrase which has become the new slogan of the Rif protests.
In the video, Ouzzine, who doesn’t understand what the for the phrase, asks, “What did he say?”
In January 2015, King Mohammed VI dismissed Ouzzine over a heated controversy sparked by the poor conditions of the pitch at the stadium during the quarterfinals of the FIFA Club World Cup.A government investigation demonstrated the direct political and administrative responsibility of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the scandal, as well as of the contractor hired by the Minister.
Following the incident, a report of the investigation’s initial results showed that Moulay Abdellah stadium has undergone several renovation phases, especially in the 1980s, during which the pitch and the stands were refurbished.