Moroccos Head of Govt to Speak Live on Public TV on

Rabat – Head of Government Saadeddine El Othmani will publicly respond to political, economic and social issues concerning Moroccans on a political talk show broadcast live on Moroccan TV, on Saturday night.Moroccan channels 2M TV and Al Oula will both air the meeting at 9:40p.m.The current crisis in Al Hoceima and its surrounding areas will be discussed, and questions expected to be raised on the topic include: What measures should be undertaken to mitigate social protests in Al Hoceima?How can the region’s development projects be speed up?What strategies are being implemented by the government to respond to the social,• political and economic demands of the Al Hoceima demonstrators?El Othmani told Moroccan media on June 28 that the government was ready to implement King Mohammed VI’s instructions to speed up the development of projects in the region.Eight months of protests and ensuing increasing tensions between the government and demonstrators have put the government under pressure to speed up the realization of the projects as well as to send positive signs to local inhabitants by decreasing the heavy security presence in the area.Protests have been taking place in Al Hoceima and its surrounding areas since the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a fish vendor who was fatally crushed in a trash compactor on October 28.Demonstrations have intensified in recent weeks due to the arrest of the movement’s leading activist, Nasser Zafzafi. read more