Morocco’s Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) has announced that it will remove Said Bouchti, a member of the Guelmim communal council for joining Polisario.
Rabat – Following rumors, PAM confirmed on November 11 that one of its members has been serving the interests of the Polisario Front.
In the statement, PAM wrote that after investigations, the party learned that Said Bouchti, who joined PAM in 2015, had left Morocco months ago.
The party added that Bouchti is no longer committed to the mission for which he was elected.
“He has not been linked to the core principles of the PAM in the region of Guelmim Oued Noun since the end of 2015.”
The party decided to “implement the procedure of immediate expulsion” for party members acting against PAM’s principles.
PAM concluded the statement by commending the efforts of its elected members and activists in the region of Guelmim, an area south of Agadir, for their “maximum mobilization” to defend Morocco’s territorial integrity.
The party also praised its members for their “demonstrable efforts to defend the dignity of citizens of all territorial communes in the region and to strongly advocate the interests of the population and their right to basic services and development.”
It is not the first time a public figure in Morocco decided to join the separatist group. In 2013, a journalist at Al Oula television channel, Mohammed Radi Elili, started to heavily criticize Morocco following tension between himself and the director of Morocco’s National Television channel (SNRT), Fatima El Baroudi.
Ellili said he left SNRT due to “harassment suffered in Al Oula because of being Sahrawi.” In response to the allegation, Baroudi said the tension was caused by Ellili’s behaviors, writing his own headlines and reading them without permission on air.
Ellili left Morocco and is working in a news outlet in France as a political refugee. He is also active in defending the Polisario Front and lobbying against Morocco’s territorial integrity on his social media.