The Political Angle of a Stalled Moroccan Economy
The North Africa Journal | Skeptics of the Islamist PJD party’s role and position in government and its political enemies are rejoicing to the news that a little more than a year after taking the Prime Minister’s office no progress was delivered to the Moroccan people. As we pointed out in the early stages of the PJD’s control of the Primiership, PM Abdelilah Benkirane has inherited a disastrous economy to begin with and was likely to fail, risking to erode the image and credibility of his party, in particular among the working class and the disenchanted.
While we know that the nomination of Benkirane as PM was a set up from the Monarchy to undermine the PJD, its detractors have plenty of ammunition today to wage an effective campaign against it in preparation for future elections. Having been sidelined and vilified for so long, the PJD won a decisive victory in the Moroccan legislative elections held on November 25, 2011. Per Morocco’s “new constitution,” the Prime Minister should come from the winning party. And so on November 29, 2011, Benkirane, the PJD chief was selected to form and lead a government, while still leaving the key decisions in the hands of the King and his entourage.