Morocco's King Fires Economy Minister Boussaid Amidst Unrest

Published August 2nd, 2018 - 06:47 GMT
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI giving a speech to mark the 60th anniversary of the People and the King’s Revolution in Rabat. (AFP/File)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI giving a speech to mark the 60th anniversary of the People and the King’s Revolution in Rabat. (AFP/File)

Following consultations with Prime Minister Saad Eddine al-Othmani, Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday sacked Economy and Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid.

According to a statement released by the royal court and carried by Morocco’s official press agency, the decision was “based on the principle of accountability, which His Majesty seeks to apply to all officials, regardless of rank or affiliation”.

The statement did not, however, provide a reason for Boussaid’s abrupt dismissal.

A member of Morocco’s National Rally of Independents party, Boussaid was given the government’s economy and finance portfolio in 2013 during the tenure of former Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.

This article has been adapted from its original source


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