Morocco: Justice and Development Party Secretariat Finalizes Government Lineup

Abdelilah Benkirane, secretary-general of Morocco's Justice and Development Party (PJD) speaks during a new conference at the party's headquarters in Rabat, Morocco on October 8, 2016.

Abdelilah Benkirane, secretary-general of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD) speaks during a new conference at the party’s headquarters in Rabat, Morocco on October 8, 2016

London, Casablanca- A source from the Justice and Development Party (PJD) in Morocco stated that the secretariat of the party will convene on Tuesday to out an e the government lineup topic.

The source said to Asharq al-Awsat that “Abdelilah Benkirane, secretary general of PJD and selected head of government, did not unveil any data regarding his meeting on Saturday with three delegation of Ḥizb Al-Istiqlal.”

Benkirane preferred to attend the secretariat meeting before making public a final decision on his consultations with political parties.

Asharq al-Awsat newspaper has been informed that Ḥizb Al-Istiqlal will not participate in the anticipated government and that Benkirane will submit two proposals — the first one is as follows: 125 seats for PJD, 37 seats for National Rally of Independents and 12 seats for Party of Progress and Socialism while the second proposition includes 395 seats composed of the above three parties in addition to the Popular Movement.

Asharq al-Awsat has also been informed that Benkirane will raise, during the meeting, the topic of whether the seats that were supposed to be given to Ḥizb Al-Istiqlal will remain for the Justice and Development Party or should be distributed to some technocrats, close to Al-Istiqlal.

It seems that the unconditional support of Ḥizb Al-Istiqlal to PJD has complicated issues and made Benkirane in a strong position to form a government after three months of suffering.

(Source / 03.01.2017)

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