Morocco’s minister of state for human rights published a post on his official Facebook page on Saturday in response to rumors about his resignation from the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD).
El Mustapha Ramid addressed his party members and expressed gratitude for their trust in him over the past years.
He said he has been absent from the recent party meetings and activities due to health reasons and “other reasons that do not need to be mentioned.”
His post has been interpreted as a resignation from the party.
“I appreciate the importance of what we have all accomplished to serve the society and the state,” Ramid added, hoping the party would succeed in achieving reform.
His post was published after Alyaoum24 news website reported his resignation on Friday, a few months before upcoming legislative elections, scheduled for September. Ramid neither confirmed nor denied the news.
He underwent two surgeries in late 2020 and in February 2021 and had previously submitted his resignation from the government citing health reasons. However, he retracted his resignation after receiving a phone call from King Mohammed VI.
Party sources, however, referred to other reasons related to differences with Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani over some political issues, which explains his frequent absence from the party leadership meetings.