Moroccos Former Foreign Minister Forwent His Pension Since Leaving Office

Oct 12, 2019 lqqehqsj

Rabat – Morocco’s Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Saad Eddine Ottomani, has reportedly forgone the pension resulting from his ministerial position immediately after leaving office in the fall of 2013.According to Alyaoum24 news website, members of the Party of Justice and Development discovered that former Minister Ottoman has forgone the monetary compensation allotted to former ministers at the end of their terms in the government.The former head of Moroccan diplomacy who is a doctor, reportedly preferred to return to his medical clinic and take care of patients, rather than take advantage of the governmental pension. There is an ongoing debate on whether Ministers and MPs deserve to receive a monthly pension of up to MAD 39,000 and 8,000 respectively, while some civil servants receive less than MAD 3,000 after 40 years of service.The last meeting convened by the General Secretariat of the PJD was marked by a thorough debate on the issue of the abolition of pensions for ministers and parliamentarians.According to the same source, PJD Ministers expressed their support for the campaign to revoke the law relating to the pensions, and said they are willing to set the example and forgo their pensions.Another member of the government, Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad commented on a recent statement by Charafat Afilal, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, regarding the controversial pensions.“The issue of the pensions of ministers and representatives is a long subject that needs a serious debate,” he said during a conference at Maghreb Arab Press media forum last month.Minister Afilal stirred outrage when she said in December that MPs pensions were just “two Francs” (peanuts) and that discussing the issue was a “populist matter.”“Several ministers relinquish their pensions when they have other paying jobs,” Afilal said.Opponents of the pensions argue that ministers and MPs are doing a short-term service to the public that does not warrant such high salaries, privileges, or pensions until the end of their lives.The issue was raised after some parliamentarians suggested a draft bill asking the government to permit ministers and representatives to bequeath their pensions to their children after they die.While some former ministers forgo their pensions, there are current ministers who forgo their salaries while serving the country without the State’s remuneration.According to daily Les Eco, Moulay Hafid Elalamy Minister of Industry, Trade & New Technologies, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture, and Mustafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties, have declined their salaries.

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