“The Moroccan government denounces the irresponsible, clumsy, and unthinking move of Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar.”
This Sunday, the president of the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc(CGEM), Salaheddine Mezouar, sent by email to all its employees his letter of resignation from his position. An unexpected departure that comes hours after a brutal crackdown from the government due to his remarks made Saturday on the current situation in Algeria, at a conference of the World Policy Conference, Marrakech.
“The Moroccan government denounces the irresponsible, clumsy, and unthinking approach of Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, the president of the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM). Who thought it was necessary to comment on the internal situation in Algeria at a conference held in Marrakech, “said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad. Moreover, Mezouar’s statement”raised questions at the political class level and the public opinion concerning its timing and its real motivations.”
For the head of Moroccan diplomacy, the CGEM “can not replace the government of HM the King in taking positions on international issues and in particular, the political development in this neighboring country,” adding that the position of the Moroccan kingdom toward this subject is “clear and constant.”
“The Moroccan kingdom has indeed decided to stick to an attitude of non-interference with developments in Algeria. Morocco refrains from commenting on this subject. He has no right to meddle with the political events in this neighboring country, nor to comment in any way, “said the statement.
Moments after the blame made by the department of Nasser Bourita, Mezouar sent this email to his teams announcing his resignation from his functions as president, without providing any reason or explanation.
Invited to the first plenary session of the World Policy Conference in Marrakech, Mezouar, in front of an audience of diplomats and political leaders, praised the “peaceful movement” in Algeria in recent months, and spoke about the political situation in neighboring countries, calling “the military to share power.”