The secretary-general of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), Nabil Benabdellah, commented on the tragedy of the 20-year-old woman killed by gunfire from the Royal Moroccan Navy on a migrant boat on Tuesday.
His comments came at the opening of the summer university of the PPS youth on Thursday.
PPS is part of the government coalition, along with the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the National Rally of Independents (RNI).
Benabdellah, the former minister of housing, called on the government to deal with social events with “the necessary seriousness and overcome the marginal conflicts of some political components.”
Benabdellah referred to the recent tension between PJD and RNI as representatives from both parties have traded critical remarks following RNI member Rachid Talbi Alami’s comments about the PJD.
Alami, who is the minister of sports and youth, accused the PJD of “imitating” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and of “wishing to destroy the country.”
PJD’s secretary-general deputy Slimane El Omrani responded to the accusation, describing Alami’s statements as “irresponsible and dangerous.”
PJD member Abdelaziz Aftati called on RNI to withdraw from the government, a call that angered the secretary-general of RNI, Aziz Akhannouch.
But for Benabdellah, it is surprising how there is conflict at a time when priority should be given to social issues.
According to a statement from PPS, Benabdellah believes that “Morocco is living in a difficult situation, and that there is a growing gap in youth migration.”
The statement added, “He stressed the need to be aware of the danger threatening Morocco, which could lead to dire consequences for the country.”
He also conveyed his condolences to the family of the 20-year-old girl who was shot dead.
Prior to the RNI-PJD conflict, PPS had its own flare-up with PJD after the dissolution of the water secretariat in August. The water department was run by PPS member Charafat Afilal.
The argument escalated to the point Benabdellah threatened that the party might withdraw from the government since they had not received any prior notice of the decision to remove the water secretariat.
The department was removed at a request from Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the secretary-general of the PJD.