On the occation of the inauguration of the autumn session of the Moroccan parliament L’AfriqueAdulte (AA) intrviewed Prof Lahoucine Khabid¹ to comment on His Majesty King Mohamed VI Speech at the opening of the first session of the second legislative year of the tenth legislature.
Khabid ‘’ The rigor that characterized the King’s speech … is due to the laxity that has characterized the political behavior of the elected bodies and governmental officials in Morocco’’
AA : How would you evaluate the sovereign’s speech in general ?
His Majesty the King Mohammed VI delivered a speech at the opening of the first session of the second legislative year of the tenth legislature; a spreech marked to be”rigorous” on the opening of the autumn session of the parliament on Friday, and His Majesty has strongly criticized, as is the case in recent speeches, mainly to the elected and to the administration because of the slackening of the implementation of a number of programs and projects and in general due to ineffective public policies.
The rigor that characterized the King’s speech in his recent speeches, including the opening speech of the new parliamentary session on Friday, is due to the laxity that has characterized the political behavior of the elected bodies and governmental officials in the implementation of public policies and development programs, prompting the king to resort to a language characterized by strictness and non-tolerance with any complacency occured by officials.
AA : Obervers allege that the tune of the king in his recent speeches has shifted, what do you think urges His Mjesty in doing so ?
The speech confirmed the insistence ‘of His Majesty on activating the principle of linking responsibility to accountantability.” And This is confirmed by the fact that the new parliamentary entry letter revealed that the king continues to criticize the political and administrative elite and the reluctance to the completion of development plots to alleviate the escalating social demands.
The most important decision confirming the king’s dissatisfaction with the model currently adopted is his decision to “guide the government and parliament together to review the approved development model” by developing a new model that faces both social and economic challenges.
AA : As an active International Realations expert and having participated in various global events dealing with transitional democracy and promoting social justice, how would you advise Moroccan oficials and elected parties to meet His Majesty’s satisfaction ?
In my point of view, the increase in social demand in Morocco has also imposed three main measures : the first concerns the transparency in public decision, with the need to involve all bodies and institutions to develop an effective public policy.
The second is that these public policies must be effective and their impact has to be visible and tangible in people’s lives.
The third is to invest in the institutional path, and to activate policies and implement them on the ground.
This third challenge is what urges the king to announce the need to form an administrative cell to activate a number of projects. This requires the government to extend financial resources and qualified human resources to the grassroots bodies and groups, as well as to grant them clear competences within the framework of the non-decentralization charter.
It is apparent that the development dimension is no longer limited to the Moroccan interior only, but has become the king’s ambition even at the African level, which explains his announcement of the creation of a new ministerial sector, namely the creation of a responsible ministry in charge of African affairs.
The royal speech during the opening of the parliament confirmed that the king decided to institutionalize the investment dimension, first by creating an administrative cell to follow up the implementation of development projects in Morocco, after confirming the laxity in the implementation of a number of them and , second ,institutionalizing the African investment dimension through the creation of a new government structure.
¹ CEO Atlas Center for Diplomatic studies.
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