Morocco’s newly elected prime minister Abbas El Fassi has been sworn into office in front of the country’s King Mohammed the Sixth. El Fassi led the way as his cabinet, which is made up of 33 ministers including seven women were named for the first time. The new government has representatives from four political parties. The coalition reflects the need to win back popular support after a record low turn out of 37% on September 7, underlined mistrust of politicians among most Moroccans.
El Fassi, and his conservative Istiqlal party became the first group after the poll and was named as prime minister on September 19. He’s not yet detailed his government’s policies, having had to conduct difficult negotiations with party leaders to form his cabinet in the first place.
But he and his colleagues know they face several challenges ranging from Morrocco’s mass poverty, high unemployment rates, and a need for urgent reforms of education and agriculture.