In a national seminar on Morocco’s policy held recently in the Khmisat province, Hamieddine said that “the monarchy in Morocco is a central institution in political life. But that does not mean that its current form is useful for democracy and political life.
He also claimed that monarchy “hampers progress, evolution and development” of the country, adding that “if it does not change, it will not serve either itself or the country.”
Hammieddine’s comments angered El Othmani, who ordered an investigation into the publication on the party’s official website of statements filmed during the seminar.
The committee published the result of its investigation in a statement on Sunday, and emphasized that the members of the PJD media did not publish the publications with a “bad intention.”
The statement added that the publication was an error made by the webmaster of the party’s website, who allegedly did not check and approve the content before publishing it.
El Othmani also commented on Hammieddine’s statement, emphasizing that his party considers the monarchy as the “leader of the reforms.”
“Our relationship with the monarchy is not based on interests or tactical or pragmatic logic. The party believes in the monarchy that is one of the essential constitutional pillars of Morocco,” said El Othmani on Saturday at a PJD meeting held in Rabat.
Concluding his statement, El Othmani said that “taking these pillars into account is the sine qua non of the existence of the party. The party will never turn away from these beliefs.”