Abdellatif Hammouchi Suggested to be Minister of Interior

Rabat – Abdellatif Hammouchi, Head of Morocco’s Directorate of National Security (DGSN,) is being suggested as the new Minister of Interior, reported weekly newspaper, Al-Oussboue Al-Sahafi.According to the newspaper there is a consensus between the six parties of the coalition government to allocate sensitive ministerial portfolios, such as both the Foreign and Interior Ministry, to technocrats.Nasser Bourita, outgoing Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is being seen as a possible choice to lead Moroccan diplomacy as the Minister of Interior in the new government, headed by Saad Eddine Othmani. The same source also noted that Ahmed Tawfik might remain as the Minister of Endowment and Islamic Affairs over the next five years, following his experience in the field of Islamic affairs. The remaining ministerial portfolios will be distributed among members of the six parties.Othmani has reportedly submitted the list of incoming ministers to the Royal Cabinet in Casablanca.  He is still awaiting the official announcement of the upcoming government by the royal cabinet on Monday.The government will consist of 25-27 ministers and 5-7 Secretaries of State. It will also see the regrouping of some departments under one ministry. The Ministry of Communication will be amalgamated with the Ministry of Culture. By the same token, the Ministry of National Education will be integrated into Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training.The Ministry of Justice and Freedoms will be extended to include the Department of Human Rights. The Ministry of Transport, Equipment and Logistics will now include the Water Department and the Ministry of Energy will incorporate the Sustainable Development Department.The Justice and Development Party (PJD) is reportedly seeking to take charge of the Ministries that its members had led in the former government, including the Ministry of Justice, Freedom and Human Rights Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Culture and Communication. The PJD is also seeking ministerial portfolios in the field of finance and economy. read more

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