By Safaa Kasraoui
By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani affirmed on Thursday that 10 ministers have had their summer vacation time taken away and have been forbidden to leave the kingdom in order to ensure progress on the development projects in the Rif region, according to Moroccan daily news paper Assabah.
El Othmani said during the weekly meeting of the government council that the concerned ministers should continue to carry out visits to the region in order to monitor the implementation of the projects.
Assabah reported that other members of the Executive can take the leave for holidays, but they must be contactable all times and fully equipped to deal with any questions.
On June 25, King Mohammed VI expressed his “disappointment, discontent, and concern” about the delay of the implementation of the projects which make up Al Hoceima’s Manarat Al Motawasit project. The sovereign also canceled vacations until “further notice to ensure follow-up of the projects concerned.”
The monarch tasked Abdelouafi Laftit and Mohamed Boussaïd, Ministers of the Interior and Finance respectively, to supervise the progression of development projects in Al Hoceima and the surrounding areas.
On the eve of Throne Day, the King gave instructions to El Othmani’s government officials, urging them to accelerate the implementation of all projects launched in the Rif region.
The situation in Al Hoceima remains tense, as protests continue to demand the release of detained activists and meet the social and economic demands of local residents, which include expanding job opportunities, improving infrastructures, and building hospitals and higher education facilities.
Launched in October 2015, a year before protests began in the city, the five-year development mega-project Al Hoceima Manarat Al Motawasit promised to improves infrastructure, promote tourism, and provide the region with health, sports, and cultural facilities.