Where does power reside in Morocco?

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Saad Eddine el-Othmani has cobbled together a coalition to run the country.

After nearly six months without a government, the political stalemate in Morocco has finally ended.

Morocco’s new Prime Minister Saad Eddine el-Othmani has agreed to form a coalition government with five other parties.

El-Othmani was appointed earlier this month after the king sacked el-Othmani’s predecessor, Abdelilah Benkirane. 

The charismatic and popular Benkirane failed to form a government after his PJD party won the most seats in last October’s election.

Now that a new administration is being formed, how much influence will the coalition government have in a system where the king retains ultimate power?

Presenter: Martine Dennis


Samir Bennis – editor of Moroccoworldnews.com

Driss Maghraoui – associate professor of history, politics and international relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.

Mohammed Masbah – associate fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House

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