Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI has emphasized the priorities of the parliamentary action and urged the members of Parliament "to respect the letter and spirit" of the Constitution's provisions on regions and other territorial entities.
"As part of your mandate, and during this parliamentary session, you will be responsible for developing new organic laws as well as other standard legislation needed to supplement the provisions of the new Constitution in an optimal way and in various sectors," HM the King said in a speech to the members of the two houses of Parliament, on the opening of the first session of the second legislative year of the ninth term.
On the reform of territorial organization, "which is a key sector," the Monarch said that the legal and organizational conditions required for the setting up of the House of Councilors in its new constitutional format need to be met.
In this regard, HM the King urged the members of Parliament to respect the letter and spirit of the Constitution's provisions on regions and other territorial entities, taking into account the pertinent proposals of the advisory committee on regionalization.
With respect to the reform of the judiciary, the Sovereign called on Parliament to pass the organic laws pertaining to the Higher Council of the Judiciary as well the statutes of judges.
"Once again, I should like to invite you to comply strictly with constitutional provisions on the independence of the judiciary," the Monarch said, calling upon the higher authority in charge of the dialogue on judicial reform to make the independence of the judiciary the key element of the recommendations it will submit.
Moreover, HM the King stressed the need to pass the organic laws required to get the National Council for Languages and the Moroccan Culture started, and give concrete substance to the official character of the Amazigh language, "avoiding any preconceived or narrow-minded judgments in this respect."
The Sovereign highlighted the efforts made to promote the expression of the Kingdom's rich, multifarious and open-minded identity, "which was subsequently enshrined in the new Constitution."
HM the King also mentioned the role of the institutions in charge of good governance, some of which were set up and started functioning years ago, calling for the organic laws governing them to be reviewed and for a proper legal framework to be developed for the new institutions.
"As these institutions have reached a degree of maturity and have, as a result, become constitutional bodies, I think the organic laws governing them need to be reviewed and a proper legal framework developed for the new institutions, which should all fulfill the objectives for which they were created, in keeping with the relevant provisions in the Constitution," the Monarch said.
HM the King concluded by stressing the tremendous responsibility the members of Parliament have in terms of responding to the expectations of the nation and enhancing public confidence in the parliamentary institution.
Moreover, the Monarch, who insisted that "sincerity is the gateway to the greatest achievements," underlined the members of Parliament are expected to set the best example by making public interest prevail over all other considerations, "thereby contributing to the consolidation of the Moroccan distinctive model based on democracy and social solidarity."