Moroccan king names Othmani as new prime minister
Casablanca – Moroccan King Mohammed VI appointed a new prime minister from the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) to form a government after ousted premier Abdelilah Benkirane failed to break a political deadlock over five months.
The Moroccan monarch named former Foreign minister and psychiatrist Saad Eddine El Othmani to form a new government two days after removing Benkirane.
Othmani was secretary-general of the PJD from 2004-08. He served as Foreign minister from January 2012 to October 2013.
“The king extolled, on several occasions, the designated prime minister (Benkirane) to accelerate the creation of a new government,” the royal palaces said in a statement March 15th.
“The king took the decision in the absence of signs that suggest an imminent formation of a government and due to his concern about overcoming the current blockage in political negotiations,” it added.
Article 47 in the Constitution stipulates that “the king appoints the head of government from the political party that topped the parliamentary elections in the light of their results”.
Benkirane’s response to being removed as prime minister was limited to saying: “There are no comments about the king’s decision. The talks are over.” He said he would step down from the leadership of the PJD in the coming months.
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