Ministerial portfolios: Akhannouch skips preliminary meetings and launches debate

A new round of negotiations should begin next week. The Head of Government-designate, Aziz Akhannouch, is expected to start meeting with the leaders of the parties he has previously chosen to be part of his team in order to deepen the debate on ministerial portfolios.

While the third round of negotiations will begin next week, Akhannouch must meet on behalf of a second round with the leadership of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) as well as that of the Party for Progress and Socialism (PPS), in order to continue its consultations launched Monday with the leaders of the first five parties on the legislative table of September 8.

The Istiqlal Party (PI), which has given strong signals about its possible participation in the next government, hastened to convene its National Council for a meeting next Saturday.

The President of the PI National Council, Chiba Maelainin, had announced the holding of an extraordinary session of the PI Parliament by videoconference on Saturday, September 25, before the date was brought forward to September 19.

The agenda for this extraordinary session includes “the evaluation of electoral results” and “the prospects for political alliances”.

Akhannouch, who was tasked by King Mohammed VI with forming the government coalition, keeps his consultations in absolute secrecy.

Predictions expect the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) to be kicked out of the next government after the Istiqlal Party gave strong signals of its wish to participate, despite the PAM trying to establish itself as a key element in the political equation.

It seems that the Education and Health portfolios are among the most important portfolios that can cause complications in forming the majority.

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The RNIists cling to the first portfolio, while the Istiqlal Party will try to impose its point of view after the holding of its National Council.

Recall that the negotiations began yesterday, Monday, with the reception by the Head of Government designate Aziz Akhannouch of the Secretary General of the WFP, Abdellatif Ouahbi.

The President of the RNI also received the SG of Istiqlal, Nizar Baraka, the First Secretary of the USFP, Driss Lachgar, the SG of the Popular Movement (MP), Mohand Laenser as well as the SG of the Constitutional Union (UC ), Mohammed Sajid.

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