RABAT, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Morocco's PM Saadeddine El Othmani announced here on Saturday the formation of a new governmental coalition.
El Othmani told the press that the new coalition will consist of six parties, namely his Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), the liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI), the nationalist Popular Movement (MP), the Constitutional Union Party (UC), the leftists parties of Socialist Union of Popular Forces Party (USFP) and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS).
The designated PM said that the parties will decide later on the ministries portfolios, adding that they will work on setting up an efficient government that live up to the expectations of the people as well as the challenges facing the country.
While his predecessor Abdelah Benkirane took over the PM post five months without forming a government, El Othmani succeeded in less than ten days to secure a comfortable majority of 395-seat parliament.
Benkirane restricted the membership of the new government to the parties making up the previous coalition and refused to add up any other party. Two of his former partnering parties, RNI and MP, however, refused his offer on the basis that they already formed an alliance with UC and USFP.
Having the green light from the part, El Othmani accepted to form a government with his close ally PPS as well as the four allying parties.