Abyaba was representing Morocco as guest of honor, at the 9th annual festival of Ancient Cities.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Youth and Sports and Spokesman for the Moroccan government Hassan Abyaba misnamed Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in front of a large audience during the 9th annual festival of Ancient Cities held on November 10 in Cinquetti, Mauritania.
Abayba led the Moroccan delegation to represent Morocco, the guest of honor at this year’s symposium.
The spokesman started his speech with greetings to the attendees, and the Mauritanian President, calling him “Mohamed Ould Cheikh Cheikh El Azzouzi.”
The spokesman continued his speech as if nothing had happened, reiterating Morocco’s determination to preserve brotherly relations with Mauritania.
Later in the speech, the Moroccan politician called the Mauritanian president by his correct name and the crowd erupted in applause.
Abayba, who is among the new ministers appointed as part of the government reshuffle, did not have a successful start as a government spokesman.
Videos of his first appearance at a press conference after the government council meeting went viral last month. The new spokesman repeated the word “maybe” over and over again while failing to answer the questions of the assembled journalists.
The second unsuccessful appearance of the official was at a parliament session in his capacity as the Minister of Youth.
During the parliament session, a member of parliament asked Abyaba about the role of youth centers and the measures to promote among Moroccan youth.
The minister then responded, reading from a script, with the answer to a different question. Several parliamentarians stopped the minister, telling him that he was answering another question.
Abayba replied saying, “this is what I got. This is what they gave me,” suggesting that he was reading answers put in order.