Rabat – After nearly a month since the launch of the online boycott, Saad Eddine El Othmani has finally reacted, apologizing to customers for “verbal expressions and offenses” made against boycotters.
During a meeting held in the upper house of the parliament today, Othmani addressed an apology message to people supporting the online boycott targeting three companies against “unjustified” increase prices of their products.
The list of companies includes: Sidi Ali bottled water, Centrale Danone dairy products, and Afriquia gasoline.
In his speech in the monthly meeting today, El Othmani said that “the government cannot be against the interest of citizens, as some think.”
On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of tolerance and forgiveness, El Othmani has seized the opportunity to urge boycotters to cease their campaign and “move towards the future, to tolerance and positive start.”
He called on the boycotters then to turn the page.
The head of government apologized for statements made by some ministers in his government, emphasizing that his cabinet is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to protect consumers.
After the launch of the boycott on April 20, Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Boussaid denounced the campaign, calling supporters of the campaign “fools.”
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch also condemned the boycott, asserting the ineffectiveness of an internet boycott against 470,000 employees in the dairy sector.
In response, El Othmani explained that his government is also responsible for preserving the dignity of the citizen, producers and consumers equally.
He added that the government has been following the campaign and is implementing a set of measures to meet the needs and aspirations expressed and will ensure the protection of the purchasing power of citizens.