Limited Cabinet Reshuffle in Morocco Includes Minister Who Committed ‘Protocol Slips’
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has appointed Saied Amzazi government spokesman and Othman El Firdaws as culture, youth and sports minister in replacement of Hassan Abyaba.
Amzazi will act as spokesman for the government while keeping his portfolio as education minister.
Firdaws had served in the current government as Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, and Trade until a reshuffle in October that slashed his portfolio.
Abyaba drew to him fierce criticism from the media for what was perceived as communication shortcomings.
He has never held a press conference to answer questions by the press since Morocco declared confinement measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak limiting his communication role to reading an official statement following cabinet meetings.
Observers, since the start of Abyaba’s tenure, have speculated that he will be leaving shortly for committing many protocol slips like when he misspelled the name of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.
Abyaba also mispronounced ‘corona’ as ‘coronya.’
Last October, Morocco announced a cabinet reshuffle cutting government jobs from 39 to 23 with the aim to ensure coherence and better efficiency after a call by King Mohammed VI in that regard.
The King has in multiple speeches urged political parties to renew their elites and open up to the youth and called the government to make sure much-needed reforms for Morocco’s economy and development process are implemented.