The Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, did not attend the monthly session of oral questions relating to the general policy of the Executive last May, in Parliament, in accordance with the provisions of the last paragraph of Article 100 of the Constitution.
The absence of the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, during this monthly session of oral questions in Parliament has sparked a wave of criticism among members of opposition parties, who have long accused the Chief Executive of “escape all responsibility“.
A source within an opposition group in the House of Representatives told MoroccoLatestNews that the head of government does not attend parliament intentionally, taking advantage of the majority that supports his government“. However, an official source from the First Chamber office gave another explanation for Aziz Akhannouch’s absence.
According to this source, the presence of the head of government at the monthly session of oral questions, implies first of all that the parliament provides questions related to general policy, which was not the case during the month of May, noting that the constitutional justice had previously taken care of this question.
In a decree dated August 22, 2013, the Constitutional Court considered that “ the Head of Government must in principle, and in application of the provisions of the last paragraph of Article 100 of the Constitution, provide answers to questions relating to general policy during a single session held each month before the assembly concerned. This implies the presence of the Head of Government once before each of the two Chambers of Parliament, as long as the Chamber concerned has questions related, by their nature and scope, to general policy which only the Head of Government can answer. In this respect, it is up to the office of each of the two chambers of Parliament to verify beforehand that the questions addressed to the head of government are indeed of a public order nature.“.
Next Monday, June 13, the House of Representatives is preparing to question Aziz Akhannouch on the obstacles and challenges of the health system in our country, in accordance with the provisions of the last paragraph of Article 100 of the Constitution.
In 2013, the Constitutional Court had rejected the House of Representatives’ approach of limiting the number of sessions for oral questions relating to general policy to only four sessions throughout the year, and considered that this was contrary to the Constitution, as long as article 100 of the Constitution stipulated that the head of government must attend Parliament once a month to answer questions from parliamentarians.