The general secretary of Istiqlal, Nizar Barka, assured Wednesday that the first two flagship measures to be taken by the Baraka Government in the event of victory in the legislative elections of September 8, there will be a reduction in income tax and the integration of contract teachers into the public service.
Questioned on the first measure he will take in case of victory, the SG of Istiqlal, Nizar Baraka, who was the guest of the MoroccoLatestNews program “The way to the elections of September 8”, a declared: “The first measure that we will take – after the elections we will obviously have to adopt the 2022 finance law – will be the reduction in income tax (IGR) and we will launch the operation of progressive integration of contract teachers ”.
“This operation will take time, but we consider that it is necessary today to have a teaching body which benefits from the same rights and which has the same duties”, he specified.
Before detailing the various measures contained in the electoral program of Istiqlal, Nizar Baraka takes a tour of several of several current issues.
Baraka criticizes Mounib
Courteously shying away from formulating a position concerning the departure of the former secretary general of Istiqlal, Hamid Chabat, and his candidacy under the label of the Front des forces democratiques (FFD), Baraka did not do the same with Nabila Mounib concerning his famous statements about vaccination.
First, I vaccinated myself and my whole family. Second, within Istiqlal we called on citizens to be vaccinated. It is our role to supervise the citizens. In addition to political guidance, we need to mentor citizens on public order issues like this, he said, referring to statements made by the SG of the Unified Social Party (PSU), Nabila Mounib.
“I reiterate that the only solution to preserve the lives of citizens in this context of a pandemic is vaccination. Because when someone is vaccinated, they protect themselves and others in the same way. We must not have an egocentric logic and cause harm to others, ”he argued.
Assessment of the opposition
Asked about the record of Istiqlal in the opposition, Bakara assured that the PI has been a real force of proposal during the past five years. “We have made a lot of proposals on the basis of the societal project to get the country out of several bad times,” he said.
Among other bad past, Baraka stopped on that of the “boycott”. “We listened to the voice of the people during the boycott. We asked the Head of Government to lower the income tax to help households to bear the increase in prices, in particular of fuels, following the liberalization of prices ”. We have also called for a cap on fuel prices ”.
On the same register of proposals, he indicated that the Istiqlal made a proposal concerning the situation of border areas. “We also offered alternatives for youth employment. We toured the border regions where we touched the suffering of the inhabitants of Bouarfa, Taourirt, Oujda … we proposed to the government to set up a development plan reserved only for border regions which concerns the regions of the Oriental , but also the North and the borders with occupied presidents. We have seen what happened in Tetouan, Fnideq and Nador… ”, he stressed.
“We found that there is a difficult situation and we said that we had to react, because advanced regionalization is a project that requires time,” he added with an outspoken language unusual for this former minister. of Economy and Finance.
Fuel price caps
In the same vein, the leader of the Libra party noted that Istiqlal did not ceaselessly call “during the pandemic to strengthen the middle class and fight against poverty “. In essence, he assured that the Istiqlal proposed 45 bills of which only 3 were accepted.
He thus declared that his parliamentary group “has proposed a bill concerning the cap on fuel prices”. “The government said it was going to cap fuel prices, but nothing has been done. The government has not protected the purchasing power of citizens, ”he said.
And to go further by insinuating that citizens have been treated as left behind.
“It is the pressure of the citizens which pushed the companies concerned, whose profits had increased by 300%, to lower their margins”, he said to better drive the point home.
For Baraka, the fact that the government shies away from this kind of problem does not serve politics. “This is what creates the problem of confidence in political action and government action, because citizens demand that the government protect them from the greed of these kinds of societies,” Baraka said before turning to leave to criticize the outgoing government in a constructive, but also scathing manner.
The savage liberalism of the El Otmani government
“The previous government made bad choices. They preferred to start in a logic of excessive liberalism giving priority to a category to the detriment of the majority of Moroccans, ”he noted.
“This was seen in the adoption of the rental income tax. In the past, it was part of income tax. Whoever had an income above the IR rate paid more. For example, someone who exceeded the rate could pay up to 38%. The government has implemented a unified tax. So, people who had modest revenues and paid 10% currently pay 15% and those who paid 38% who had significant revenues only pay 15%, ”explained Party leader Allal Fassi.
“The government has therefore increased taxes for low incomes and lowered those for high incomes,” said Baraka, exposing the philosophy adopted by the government regarding the taxation of citizens.
Regarding the program of Istiqlal, Baraka did not hide that the copy of his party provides in its political aspect an evaluation of the voting system (multi-member proportional voting or by list Editor’s note) and that he could defend a return to the ballot first past the post.
“Political reform must start with reforming the voting system,” he said.
Regarding the electoral quotient, he said that “he could be in favor of the PI, but that Istiqlal is not the first beneficiary of the new electoral configuration”.
Watch out for price increases
After stressing that Morocco is in the process of generalizing social coverage, Baraka went to dissect in depth the challenges involved in the implementation of royal directives in this direction.
“We are going to generalize social protection, which is – it must be emphasized – very expensive. This is a royal project, so all parties will work to implement it. Except that its implementation depends on a choice to be made between two possibilities. There are voices who say that to set up this project we must liberalize prices and continue the decompensation in order to be able to finance social coverage.
This is the choice adopted by the current majority which has opted for the dismantling of the subsidy of sugar, flour and butane gas in the 2021 finance law. Moroccans must know that if they renew the current majority , that there are going to be price increases. The price of the gas cylinder could rise to 80 or even 100 dirhams ”, he clarified before exposing his vision.
“Our choice is not to continue on the path of price liberalization, because we have seen what happened with the liberalization of fuel prices and how profits have increased at the expense of the purchasing power of Moroccans ”, highlighted the istiqlalien leader by giving the alternative:“ We want these large companies which benefit from a quasi-monopoly to pay instead of the 30% as corporate tax (IS), 37% like that. is the case for banks, etc. ”
Istiqlal is also counting on a “better distribution of sacrifices” in order to be able to cope with the expected increase in expenditure reserved for the health sector. According to Baraka, health spending, which is currently nearly 10 billion, can double or triple and rise to 30 billion dirhams with the generalization of social coverage.