The eleventh congress of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), opened this Friday in Bouznika. It is held for three days (28, 29 and 30) in hybrid mode, after the rejection by the courts of all appeals to cancel or postpone it.
In the evening, the candidacies for the post of First Secretary of the party of the rose, object of all the discords, were known.
Ultimately, the race will be limited to Driss Lachgar, current first secretary, and Tarik Sellam. The other possible suitors are no longer there, in particular Hasna Abouzaid who saw his candidacy dismissed, and Abdelkrim Benatiq who withdrew from the race and announced the boycott of this conclave.
The former minister delegate in charge of Moroccans residing abroad and member of the political bureau of the USFP, recorded his boycott of the congress by a press release made public, in which he denounces, neither more nor less, a flouting of the very principle of equal opportunities.
In this regard, he cites articles 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 221, 223 and 225 of the party’s internal regulations, stressing that their amendment is a real blow to this principle.
To explain his withdrawal from the race, Benatiq asserted that “the history of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces is bigger than a congress”.
The wink is clear: The former leader of the Labor Party is struggling to digest the verdict rendered by justice and which allowed the holding of this congress.
“After pleadings and requests, which touched on the merits, and after the extension of the deliberation, the justice announced the rejection of the appeals”, he lamented, arguing that certain requests concerned rules of procedure of the rules of procedure. party.
Benatiq ultimately called on “party activists to open a serene and profound debate capable of formulating responses to the challenges of the future”.
It should be noted that this question of the amendments to the internal regulations, made and approved by the National Council of the party, were at the origin of an internal squabble which shook the USFPist house and ended up in court.
Lachgar’s critics accuse him of wanting to remain at the head of the party, especially since he himself said, the day after the elections of September 8, 2021, that he did not want to run for an additional mandate.
But the amendments have gone through this, and the supporters of the First Secretary of the Rose want him to return for what they call “a 3rd term of transition”, able, according to them, to promote a “capitalization” of the results. of the triple ballot in September, much better than those of 2016.
In total, 24 appeals were then lodged by members of the USFP against the said amendments, but in vain.
The field seems, in any event, marked out in front of Driss Lachgar “pushed by his people”, who should unsurprisingly be renewed at the head of the socialist formation.