A new Moroccan government presented to King Hassan at his palace is Rabat on Monday (10 October) is the first democratically elected government the country has ever had.
A new Moroccan government presented to King Hassan at his palace is Rabat on Monday (10 October) is the first democratically elected government the country has ever had. The new government was to have taken office earlier, but King Hassan dismissed the first cabinet last week, calling for Prime Minister Ahmed Osman to stay on in office and form a new cabinet.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Osman was the first to be greeted by King Hassan at the swearing-in of the new government, and other members of the new cabinet followed. In 1970 the country had been set for general elections, but they were boycotted by the main parties who said they had been "rubber stamp" parliament was dissolved by the King, the army twice tried to overthrow the monarch, and leftists staged an abortive uprising. The King has since ruled the country by decree and no officials reasons were given for his dismissal of the first cabinet last week.
The new government roughly reflect then composition of the new parliament in which Independents -- who describe themselves as "unconditionally monarchist" -- hold the majority. Crown Prince Sidi was also present at the Swearing-in.
Other parties represented are the rightists Istiqlals, the Popular Movement, and the Moroccan Labour Federation. King Hassan allowed the elections as part of what he terms "a democratic experiment". Put the leader of the opposition Socialist Union Party, Monsieur Abderrahim Bouabid, said the elections were "falsified" and that the Independents were in fact a "very well-organised Government party".