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Moroccan PM Othmani: The government did not fall as some claim

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani emphasized that the government did not fall as some claim in a speech during a joint session of the two chambers of Parliament to present the outcome of his government.

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Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani said, on Tuesday, that their government did not fall, as some parties had claimed.

Othmani added, “The government sectors worked hard, despite some confusion from some quarters, and despite some disagreements within the government, but they continued their work and did not fall as some parties were promoting and claiming.”

With the approach of the municipal and parliamentary elections scheduled for next September, differences emerged between the components of the government over several files and issues, most notably a draft law legalizing the use of “Indian hemp” for medical and industrial purposes, which was rejected by the Justice and Development Party.

On June 5, the Moroccan House of Representatives approved a bill legalizing the use of “Indian hemp” for medical and industrial purposes.

Also, differences also emerged due to electoral laws and the issue of normalization with Israel.

Othmani added: “The government will continue its work at a time when the rhetoric of underestimation and the promotion of several rumors to topple the government and hold early elections have risen.”

He said, “The outcome is the outcome of all components of the government, not the outcome of a party without a party, a minister without another, or a party without another, as some claim.”

The Moroccan government currently includes five parties: the Justice and Development Party, the National Rally of Independents, the Popular Movement, the Socialist Union, and the Constitutional Union.

Othmani indicated that the government will continue to assume its responsibilities until the last day of its mandate.

Othmani explained that his government is “aware of the citizens’ very great aspirations, but it has spared no effort to serve them and work on the development and progress of the country.”

It is noteworthy that the Justice and Development Party, which leads the government for the first time in the history of Morocco for two consecutive terms since 2011, is seeking to consolidate its ranks after several political shocks, in preparation for the legislative and local elections scheduled for September 8.

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