Morocco King Mohammed VI appointed a new government Thursday after elections last month, retaining the country’s foreign and interior ministers but appointing Nadia Fettah Alaoui as finance minister, the state news agency reported.
In a monarchy where the king has the last word on all major decisions, the main task of the new government will be to implement a development model aimed at reducing inequality, reducing poverty.
The new government will be led by billionaire tycoon Aziz Akhannouch, who came out first in the election, hurting the conservative Justice and Development Party (PJD).
The RNI party formed a coalition with the Liberal Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) and the conservative Istiqlal (Independence) parties.
The three parties command a majority in parliament, with 270 seats combined compared to the 198 needed to pass legislation.
The new finance minister, Alaoui, who was tourism minister in the previous government, will be one of seven women in the cabinet, including former Marrakesh mayor Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri.
The head of PAM, Abdellatif Ouahbi, was appointed Minister of Justice.
The PJD, which had been the largest since the previous two elections and whose leaders have served as prime minister since 2011, fell with a heavy defeat and said it would join the opposition along with the left-wing parties. .
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