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Morocco PM aims to overcome differences in Justice and Development Party

Prime Minister of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani (C) speaks during a session at the Moroccan Assembly in Rabat, Morocco on 19 April, 2017 [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]

Morocco’s Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani announced yesterday in Rabat the launch of an internal dialogue of the Justice and Development Party which is intended to overcome differences between its members.

This announcement came at the first meeting of the party’s internal dialogue committee.

Othmani said that one of the main objectives of the dialogue is to overcome differences and imbalances within the party.

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He stressed that “the aim behind the dialogue is also to sort out a collective vision … this vision will enable the party to adopt new ideas at the intellectual, methodological, and educational level … The developing events that have occurred inside the party indicate the need to for scrutiny and change at the intellectual and educational levels.”

Al-Othmani explained that the party will work to involve the maximum number of its members in this dialogue.

The Moroccan Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been engaged in an ongoing debate for four years. It revolves around the need to elect a new secretary-general and new team to lead the party.

Last December, Saadeddine Othmani was elected as new secretary-general of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), to succeed Abdelilah Benkirane who led the party for the two terms since 2008.

The Moroccan king appointed Othmani as prime minister in March 2017, replacing Benkirane.