Did Naam Miyara flout the majority charter?
Avoiding himself on the occasion of the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the General Union of Workers of Morocco, which he chairs, Naam Miyara did not hesitate to openly attack the government on a most burning subject: the rise in prices. . The remarks of Mr. Miyara, who also chairs the House of Councillors, are all the more surprising since they come from a member of the Istiqlal executive committee who is an ally of the RNI and the PAM within the government coalition. . The charter of the majority has once again been flouted.
The commitments and precautions contained in the majority charter to maintain solidarity between the parties of the governing coalition seem insufficient. Indeed, after the crisis which shook this majority during the discussion of the finance bill 2023 and which led to the dismissal of Hicham Mouhajiri – then leader of the parliamentary group of WFP – for having criticized the government (he had also presented the government about the Forsa program), the same scenario, or almost, has just happened again. This time it’s Naam Miyaramember of the executive committee of Party of Istiqlal and SG of the parallel trade union organization of the party, the General Union of Moroccan Workers (UGTM), which adopts the same severe posture with regard to the government team. The statements he made in Kalaat Sraghna on the occasion of the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the UGTM surprised more than one.
Worried on this occasion, he openly apostrophized the government about two rather controversial issues (not to mention other messages he sent relating in particular to the marginalization suffered by the locality where he held his meeting). The first topic is related to the cost of living and the price spike. “What we want is not price controls on television, but controls that allow citizens to feel the difference,” he declared to the government. And to add: “We say to the government, be careful, we will not continue to observe silence! Moroccans voted for you by a large majority. We have placed our trust in you. But after this wave of soaring prices, we can no longer continue to observe silence,” he thundered. While multiplying the criticisms in connection with the prices, it was specified that “the immutable principle is the independence in the decision-making within the Party of Istiqlal and its alignment in favor of the working class”. Because this one is fed up and people are getting impatient.
The Istiqlal tempers, the government coalition decides
The second annoying subject deleted by Mr. Miyara concerns the social dialogue. In the same critical tone, he declared: “The signing of this agreement is not a blank check that allows the government to do with us what it wants. It is time to implement the rest of the commitments provided for in the agreement”, he called. These proposals are all the more surprising in that they come from a member of the executive committee of Istiqlal and president of the House of Councilors, two titles that place him de facto on the coordination committee of the majority at the level of Parliament as well as at the level of coordination of the majority in the House of Councillors. Above all, they call into question the solidity of the charter of the majority. Indeed, the exit of Mr. Miyara was deemed by many observers as worthy of an opposition activist.
Once again, therefore, the cohesion of the majority is put to the test, since the commitments made by its signatories have not been scrupulously respected. And it is the Istiqlal which is singled out this time. This perhaps explains the attempt by the leader of the Istiqlalian group to House of Representatives, Noureddine Moudyane, to minimize the scope of the statements of his colleague to the party. Mr. Moudyane, while denouncing Mr. Miyara’s remarks, made it clear that the latter had spoken in his capacity as union official. “This has nothing to do with the Istiqlal Party. The party continues to support the government majority to move forward in its reform process”, he underlined during the last meeting of the Finance and Economic Development Committee which took place last Tuesday.
On the government side, the reaction of Mustapha Baitas, its spokesperson, was half fig half grape. “The statements of Mr. Miyara concern the majority and not the government,” he said during a press briefing held Thursday after the work of the Government Council. And to add: “when the member parties of the governing coalition they will respond to each other, they will express the positions that are essential to this expectation, they will make the observations and remarks that are necessary in this regard”, he specified. To be continued.
What the majority charter says
There majority charter constitutes an institutional, moral and political framework and a frame of reference that defines, coordinates and unifies the methods of action and collaboration with the various governmental and parliamentary institutions, with a view to functionalities and to deepening the cohesion between the components of the majorityand to open up broad prospects for joint and serious action to implement the 2021-2026 government program.
This charter and the action plan it contains define the guarantees of a participatory and united approach, underlined by efficiency and audacity, aimed at putting the government’s action on the right track with a view to meeting the challenges of the present and the future, and to transform the crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic into a historic opportunity to strengthen the foundations of a solid and equitable social state.
This charter was signed by the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Authenticity and modernity party (MAP) and the Party of Istiqlal (PI) on December 6, 2021. The leaders of the three parties undertake, under this charter, to create synergy and complementarity between the roles and missions of the components of the coalition in order to enable them to pull up their performance. “This charter is a political and moral contract linking the characteristics of this coalition to achieve the objectives set out by the government program and those of the electoral majority parties”, indicating the signatories in their document.
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