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Morocco: New Law to Allow Prime Minister to Select Political Appointees

(May 10, 2012) On May 8, 2012, the Moroccan Parliament approved a new law that grants the Prime Minister the right to hire the vast majority of public officials in the kingdom. Under the new law, the Prime Minister has the right to select 1,181 political appointees, while 48 appointments are reserved for the King. Of the 186 Members of Parliament attending the session, about 70% (131 Members) voted for the law. This is the first law in the history of the country that effectively curtails the powers of the King.

Members of Parliament who opposed the law argued that it is a violation of the King's executive power. On the other hand, parliamentarians who endorsed the law considered it an indication of the good relationship between the monarch and the Prime Minister. (The Moroccan Parliament Approves a Law Distributing Powers Between the King and the Prime Minister [in Arabic], AL YOUM 7 (May 8, 2012).)