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Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch is increasingly on top, and the people are increasingly on the bottom

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Lahcen Hammouch
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Lahcen Hammouch is a Journalist. Director of Almouwatin TV and Radio. Sociologist by the ULB. President of the African Civil Society Forum for Democracy.

Aziz Akhannouch follows the same reasoning as Andrej Babis in the Czech Republic, as leaders who have used their positions to reap additional wealth, while their people suffer from poverty, unemployment and social fragility.

At a time when Akhannouch’s wealth has increased to astronomical figures, with his personal fortune estimated at $2 billion by Forbes, making him one of the richest men in Morocco, the poverty rate has risen significantly, reaching 12.3% last year, and the rate of fragility in the Kingdom has doubled and class and social inequalities have doubled, and Morocco is experiencing a deep social crisis, In the country, the development model that has been in place for decades is dying, and many statistics highlight the great differences between the regions of the Kingdom, whether in terms of employment, unemployment, the industrial and tourist fabric, or infrastructure, which produces a map of imbalances between regions, which are reflected in the social aspect of the country.

Many negative social phenomena have also spread in the Kingdom, including the spread of homeless children or the so-called “street children” in several Moroccan cities in large numbers, where hundreds of children are scattered on the sides of the streets, under parked cars or cars, inside abandoned houses, near restaurants and in public gardens, they lie on the ground and cover the sky, because there are not enough shelters or homes for them.

The street is the only and necessary refuge for thousands of children between the ages of 5 and 15, and this phenomenon is no longer limited to boys, but also to girls, and this means that there will be more children born on the streets in the future.

In the latest United Nations Human Development Index report, which included 189 countries, the Kingdom of Morocco came in late after ranking 121st globally, and the report released by the United Nations Development Programme in November 2021 was based on several indicators, the most important of which are health, education and poverty, life expectancy and per capita income.

A very large campaign on social networks in anger against the high cost of living is focused on the head of government, #Dégage_Akhannouch. Internet users reproach Aziz Akhannouch for his inaction in the face of the high cost of living, while accusing him of taking advantage of the global economic crisis and the war in Ukraine through his hydrocarbon distribution company, Afriquia, the first in Morocco.
The initiators of the “Akhannouch dégage” campaign also denounce the silence of the head of government and his failure to manage what they describe as a “crisis”.

Will Aziz Akhannouch get out of it as usual or will he throw down the gloves and abandon ship for an unknown destination?

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