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Ramid Criticizes RNI Support for Anti-PJD Remarks

Ramid Criticizes RNI Support for Anti-PJD Remarks

Rabat – PJD’s Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid has described RNI’s support for Rachid Talbi Alami’s critical remarks of the PJD as “bad.”

In an interview with Medi1 TV, Ramid said that the National Rally of Independents (RNI) “should not support and adopt” Alami’s comments.

“The party should have told him that he went beyond the limits and that he did not respect the majority [coalition]’s charter, but instead chose to stand behind him,” the minister said.

On September 21, Talbi Alami, the RNI minister of youth and sports, accused the Justice and Development Party (PJD) of “imitating” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and of wishing to “destroy the country.”

The accusations incensed the PJD, which is in a coalition with RNI, and some members responded harshly to Alami’s remarks.

Ramid said that when the former secretary-general of PJD, Abdelilah Benkirane, criticized RNI leader Aziz Akhannouch, the PJD did not “support Benkirane and explained that his statement in no way reflects the PJD’s position.”

Ramid also expressed shock that the minister would criticize the PJD, whose leader, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, is Alami’s superior

Tension between the parties has escalated as members of both parties have exchanged blame and accusations.

Abdelaziz Aftati, a member of the PJD, called on RNI to withdraw from the government and urged Alami to resign from the cabinet.

The deputy of the secretary general of PJD, Slimane El Omrani, also criticized Alami, describing his statement as “dangerous” and “irresponsible.”

In response, the head of RNI, Akhannouch, said that he was “surprised by the exaggerated and unintelligible reactions that targeted a member of the political bureau of [RNI].”

For his part, Head of Government and Secretary General of PJD Saad Eddine El Othmani told his party colleagues to ignore Alami’s statements after El Omrani’s response.

News outlets reported that El Othmani will convene all secretaries-general of the six coalition parties on Thursday.

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