Rabat – King Mohammed VI received the Moroccan Head of Government in the royal palace on Saturday, September 21, according to a statement by the Royal Office.
During the audience, Saad Eddine El Othmani informed the king about “the state of progress in the implementation of the Royal Guidelines set out in the last State of the Nation Address,” according to the statement.
The royal instructions to El Othmani include the Head of Government’s submissions to the king regarding the “renewal and enrichment of executive positions, both within the government and the administration,” the statement added.
King Mohammed VI’s Throne Day speech delivered July 29 highlighted many of Morocco’s advancements during his 20 years leading the kingdom. It also gave significant weight to development challenges still facing the Moroccan people.
The king expressed regret that “the effects of the progress and the achievements made has not, unfortunately, been felt by all segments of the Moroccan society.”
The sovereign announced plans to form an ad-hoc special committee to advise on development issues.
He also alluded to reshuffling in the country’s legislature this October: “I ask the Head of Government to submit to me, after the summer break, proposals to fill executive posts in the Government and the civil service with high-level national elites chosen on merit and competence.”
The king’s speech lauded efforts by the current government and expressed that bringing new life into the Moroccan government “is not an end in itself. Rather, it is a gateway to the new era–one into which, with God’s help, I intend to take Morocco.
Following the speech, Moroccan government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi told Morocco World News that “if any reforms are to be undertaken, it will be solely the decision of the head of government.”