Adil Benhamza, the spokesman for the Istiqlal party, said containment must be gradually lifted in Morocco, but said the state of health emergency should be extended until the end of the year.
In a Facebook post, Benhamza assured that the current situation demonstrates some divergence at the government level. “Each side defends its position according to economic, health and security data. The Interior is aware that Moroccans are fed up with confinement. An extension could cause real tensions in the streets. In addition, the authorities, namely the Royal Gendarmerie, the police and the auxiliary forces, are exhausted after three months of enforcing the confinement,” Benhamza explained.
He also looked at the economic aspect, stressing the daily cost of the confinement, which is one billion dirhams, according to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Administrative Reform. Indeed, the Moroccan economy is expected to lose 6 points of growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2020. “It is now urgent to lift the confinement in Morocco in order to make up for these significant losses,” Benhamza stressed.
He added: “The current economic situation does not encourage a prolongation of the confinement. Since the state of emergency was declared in Morocco, citizens have been following the situation in France, Spain, Italy, etc. Today, these countries have lifted the containment and are gradually resuming their lives. It is time for Morocco to do the same”.