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Aziz Akhannouch announces government coalition in Morocco

In Morocco, Aziz Akhannouch, the new head of government, announced a coalition between the National Rally of Independents, the Authenticity and Modernity Party, and the Istiqlal Party.

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Moroccan Prime Minister-designate Aziz Akhannouch announced a government coalition on Wednesday, which includes the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), and the Istiqlal Party.

The announcement came during a joint press conference in Rabat that brought together Akhannouch with Abdellatif Ouahbi, Secretary-General of PAM, and Nizar Baraka, Secretary-General of the Istiqlal Party.

Akhannouch said, “The three parties will work on proposing names of competent and responsible ministers.”

He added that the government coalition “will work to implement the government program, which will be the roadmap for the coalition’s work.”

In turn, Ouahbi said, “The responsibility of the coalition is great because the expectations of citizens are great on the economic, social, and freedoms levels. He called for “the need for a strong and harmonious government that works at all levels for a better future,” stressing that, “the great responsibility requires us to choose officials at the level.”

During the past few days, Akhannouch met with the leaders of the political parties represented in parliament, as part of his ongoing consultations to form the government.

On September 10, Moroccan King Mohammed VI commissioned Akhannouch to form a new government, after his party, the RNI, issued the results of parliamentary elections held two days earlier.

The RNI party won 102 seats out of 395 in the House of Representatives, the main chamber of parliament, followed by the PAM with 86 seats, and the Istiqlal Party with 81 seats.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD), the leader of the outgoing government coalition, came in eighth place, recording a significant decline by obtaining only 13 seats, compared to the 125 seats it held in the aftermath of the 2016 elections.

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