He said that his position as an officer of the administrative police and president of the commune enables him to take such decisions.
Rabat – Mekki El Hannoudi, president of Louta commune, an area near Al Hoceima in northern Morocco, has defied the government’s recent decision to maintain the night curfew during Ramadan.
On Wednesday, Morocco’s government announced the decision, sparking a variety of reactions from citizens.
The night curfew will run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the whole month of Ramadan, Morocco’s government said.
In response, El Hannoudi announced in a Facebook post that he decided to allow movement for citizens living in his commune until 11 p.m during Ramadan.
In his capacity as an officer of the administrative police, according to the laws and regulations in force, he said he will allow cafes to remain open until 11 p.m.
He added that citizens and cafes should, however, adhere to some necessary precautionary measures.
He also said the government can respond to his decision in the administrative court.
El Hannoudi’s move sparked a range of public reactions.
The unprecedented post from the local officer generated more than 20,000 likes and more than 4,000 shares in just one day.
Some citizens shared funny comments in response to his post.
“I am going to spend Ramadan in Louta this year,” one Facebook user wrote.
Morocco’s government cited recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Committee, calling on citizens to respond to the measure with shared responsibility.
Mouad Mrabet, the coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at Morocco’s Ministry of Health, said that the government’s decision to impose a night curfew during Ramadan seeks to prevent the outbreak of a second wave of COVID-19.
The health official also cited the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of Morocco in recent weeks.
This is not the first time El Hannoudi has made headlines on Moroccan social networks.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 across the world, El Hannoudi asked the government to provide China with financial aid to help Chinese people face the threat of COVID-19.
Chinese news outlets expressed satisfaction with the move, with China.org describing the initiative as “laudable.”