Morocco's parliament approves new government

2017-04-27 20:30
Newly appointed Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani delivers a speech in parliament. (Fadel Senna, AFP)

Newly appointed Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani delivers a speech in parliament. (Fadel Senna, AFP)

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Rabat - Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.

The Chamber of Representatives voted 208- 91 for the government of new Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani, of the Islamist Party of Justice and Development. Forty deputies abstained.

Before the debate, El Othmani outlined the proposed government's priorities of reforming the bureaucracy, rebuilding the education system and reducing economic disparity.

He pledged $5bn for rural development, and the construction of 15 new dams to boost renewable energy.

He also promised to guarantee migrants' rights and access to schools and health care.

The king ousted El Othmani's predecessor last month because he had failed for five months to form a coalition government and the economy was stalling.

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