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Protesting against Aziz Akhannouch : RNI calls the situation «suspicious and irresponsible»

RNI leader Aziz Akhannouch who is also Minister of Agriculture in Saadeddine El Othmani's cabinet./Ph. DR
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Nearly four days after crowds protested against Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, during a royal visit in Tangier, the National Rally of Independents which he heads issued a communiqué Monday denouncing what happened.

Without referring to the viral video that showed people chanting «Akhannouch, go away», demanding that the minister and businessman quits his post, the party wrote that its press release «responds to the suspicious behavior».

The same source points out that these «dangerous» acts are «irresponsible» and aim at getting the King involved in «despicable» political conflicts.

The party stressed that it refuses to be part of such «maneuvers that are targeting the party». It also took the opportunity to indirectly comment on the viral boycott campaign expressing its deep «concerns regarding the deterioration of the purchasing power of citizens and the negative impact it has on the economy».

Present last Thursday in Tangier to attend the inauguration of a new fishing port and a new marina chaired by King Mohammed VI, Aziz Akhannouch was received by the inhabitants of the northern city in an unusual way.

While they were awaiting the arrival of the sovereign, people chanted «Akhannouch, go away».

On social media, a video was published showing the scene and linking the people’s anger to the viral boycott campaign, targeting three companies including the country’s leading fuel distributor Afriquia SMDC, owned by the minister.

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