Moroccan parliament starts legislative cycle amid criticism

MPs filmed leaving with take-out bags from inaugural banquet

16 October, 10:55

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, OCTOBER 15 - The inauguration of the new legislative cycle in Morocco has kicked off under a current of criticism and sarcasm, after photos and videos distributed online showed MPs outside of the parliament building with take-away bags of sweets and gourmet foods that were left over from the banquet held for the October 12 occasion.

    Men in white djellabas, the traditional formal dress, whose faces aren't portrayed, are shown leaving the parliament building with bags that leave no room for doubt.

    Some MPs have distanced themselves from the spectacle and condemned it as shameful, while others blamed it on the waiters, but various images are still making the rounds on social media.

    Meanwhile, just a few hours later, a video began circulating online showing a close-up of Driss Jettou, the head of the Court of Auditors, as he responds to a citizen who was likely asking him for a favor: "Go see him and tell him Jettou sent you".

    Although the phrase was taken out of context and doesn't reflect the 73-year-old magistrate's impeccable record, the one phrase was enough to cause a social media firestorm with its very own hashtag: #jettousentme.

    Cronyism and favoritism are increasing Moroccans' intolerance of the political caste.

    The distance becomes more evident after each election, with voter turnout at 45% and steadily decreasing year by year.

    The anecdotes of recent days have targeted officials of all political stripes, and are evoking contrasts with the simplicity of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the humble picnic-table lunch he shared with his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel during an official visit in Canada in 2007.(ANSAmed).

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