Moroccan government under fire
Morocco, Politics, 10/18/1999
Influential members of parties forming the Moroccan socialist-led government criticized the cabinet for being unable to implement hoped-for reforms.
The government has been unable, during the 18 months it has so far spent in power, to implement the necessary reforms to which the Moroccan society aspires, said politicians during a meeting, sponsored by the Abderrahim Bouabid Foundation.
The politicians are members of the Democratic Bloc (Koutla), which musters the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), the Istiqlal Party (PI), the Party for Progress and Socialism (PPS) and the Organization for Democratic and Popular Action (OADP).
All these parties, except OADP, participate with other center parties in the 41-portfolio Alternation government appointed by late King Hassan II in 1998 to usher in change in Morocco.
The politicians decried the government "wait and see" attitude.
the Government is called to mobilize all the society's potentials through a clear program that will establish a genuine culture of change, said Mohammed Sassi, member of the USFP Central Committee.
The present situation is far from being a success of change, modernity and reform, Sassi said, adding it is rather part of "continuity with new instruments."
The government derives its strength from the honesty of the man who leads the experience (Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi), while this strength should normally come from voters and political program, he said.
Nizar Baraka of the PI called for cohesion within the cabinet, especially in the present era of change marked by the advent of King Mohammed VI. He stressed, in this connection, the need to reduce the number of ministries.
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