List of new Cabinet ministers unveiled by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI
Morocco– Yesterday Morocco’s King Mohammed VI named a new government led by Aziz Akhannouch. He is a billionaire tycoon who has close ties with the palace and will be taking care of the pressing economic problems exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
As the cabinet of ministers was being decided, the ministries were divided among the three partnering parties in the coalition government. It involved the liberal RNI, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), and the conservative Istiqlal (Independence Party).
Although it will be a new set-up, but five ministers will retain their positions in the new government too. They are Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq, Secretary General of the government Mohamed Hajoui, and the minister in charge of the National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi. It is believed that the selected new government will take office amid increased tensions with regional rival Algeria. They have cut all diplomatic ties with Rabat in August over what it said were “hostile actions”. The problems in the country grew intense over pandemic since economy and business sector was falling steep.
It should be noted that the new government took a praiseworthy stance by giving seven women key positions in the new cabinet. It included Minister of Economy and Finance Nadia Fettah Alaoui, and Minister of Planning, Housing and Urban Policy Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, who was the former mayor of Marrakech as well.
There are few significant leaders in the opposition party who call this move hasty and unjustified as they were hoping for gaining some seats in the parliament, however, this time the focus of all cabinet members lies solely at reviving and uplifting the economy.