Appointment after appointment Morocco’s King Mohammed VI seems resolute to improve public management and uphold social justice and inclusion.
Rabat – A month after a team being appointed to lead the competition council, King Mohammed VI has appointed a new ombudsman to monitor public service quality and be the voice of everyday Moroccans.
Mohammed Benalilou, Morocco’s new ombudsman, met with King Mohammed VI yesterday at the royal palace in Rabat, according to a royal office statement.
During their meeting, the King explained to the country’s new ombudsman the prerogatives of his new functions as well as the royal expectations with regard to justice, social equity, and transparency.
The King spoke of “the Ombudsman Institution as an independent national body” who fundamental role will be to guarantee citizens’ rights and “end injustices,” the statement noted.
Called to act as an intermediary between citizens and state institutions, Benalilou’s “particular role” will be to “preserve the rights of citizens in their relations with the administration, as well as its action aimed at providing justice to them against abuse of any kind, under the rule of law and within the framework of the consolidation of the principles of justice and equity.”
King Mohammed VI, whose many recent appointments signal a desire for his “modernized and accountable public service” appeal to be accelerated, stressing the importance of good governance and respecting of the rule of law.
In addition to monitoring public service quality through citizens, Benalilou will also be expected to make recommendations in matters of equality, transparency, and public management.
As a crucial body in the royal vision for a more democratic and inclusive Morocco, the Ombudsman’s overarching function will be to “moralize public life,” according to the royal office.
Benalilou’s appointment comes at a time when Morocco seeks to both reassure citizens and attract more foreign investments by espousing practices that strengthen the country’s maturing democratic institutions.
When appointing the head of the much-anticipated Competition Council a month ago, King Mohammed highlighted that the central mission of independent bodies is to guarantee “neutrality and transparency in all its activities and strengthen the competitiveness of the country’s economy.”