Rabat – Abdelilah Benkirane, Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD,) has pledged support for the government headed by the PJD’s Saad Eddine El Othmani.During a meeting of the party’s National Council on Saturday,Benkirane said that PJD members should show support for the government.“The government is ours, and we need to support it. There’s no going back,” he said. Benkirane’s public endorsement for the highly controversial PJD-led government came amid talks of divergences within the party leadership. The Secretary General is said to not be on good terms with El Othmani and other PJD ministers.According to media reports, there are two main points of discord between the two sides.The first is related to the concessions made by El Othmani and other leading party members during negotiations to form the coalition government. El Othmani accepted conditions that Benkiranehad previously refused and ended up forming a loose coalition of six parties, instead of four as Benkirane had advocated.The second point of discord is the government’s management of the crisis in Al Hoceima and its neighboring towns. Protesters have been met with violence and dozens have been arrested and prosecuted for heavy crimes.Benkirane criticized the government in June for accusing local Al Hoceimaresidents of separatism, calling it a huge mistake.Later that month, media reported that Benkirane and other party ministers engaged in a heated argument during the first meeting of the PJD’s Secretariat General, the party’s executive body, since the appointment of the government in April.Several PJD members and MPs publicly addressed criticism of the government. Critics of the government within the PJD believe the party will lose credibility and popularity because of the government’s policies.El Othmani’s charisma-free personality, which stands in total contrast to that of Benkirane’s, is also another source of worry for those same members.Between 2011 and 2016 the PJD’s popularity increased despite five years leading the government. In October 2016 PJD won 125 seats in the general elections, an unprecedented result in Moroccan electoral history. This was largely attributed to the personality of the party leader and then head of government, Benkirane.For this reason, many are hoping that Benkiranewill run for a third term as PJD leader, despite internal party laws which limit Secretary General mandates to two.The next party convention, most likely to be held in December, will provide an answer as to whether the PJD will choose to prolong Benkirane’s leadership or turn the page on the glory days of the moderate Islamists.
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THE PHONES HAVE finally stopped ringing and the replay of the Toy Show has been watched. Domhnall O’Confhaola’s life is returning to normal but he will be asked several times at school, tomorrow, to tell the tale of his meeting with Robbie Keane.The Galway lad stole the Late Late Toy Show with his genuine, touching reaction to meeting his footballing idol Robbie Keane.The eight-year-old was waxing lyrical, to host Ryan Tubridy, about computer games and Ireland’s chances for Euro 2016 when the country’s leading goalscorer hobbled onto the set on crutches. He was temporarily speechless but regained his composure to asked Keane some decent questions about his career and footballing prospects.TheScore.ie caught up with Domhnall’s father, Peadar to ask if his son had returned to earth yet after a Toy Show to remember. “Domhnall’s appearance has gone down a hit,” he said, “and we’ve been chasing our tails all weekend, with phone calls and cousins looking to get the full story.”YouTube credit: RTÉO’Confhaola made it onto the show after sending along an audition tape to RTÉ. “He likes geography too so had a map of the world and spoke about what players play for what countries and the flags of each country. He’s a big fan of the Match Attack cards so he brought along a scatter of them to talk about.”A keen GAA and football player, Domhnall was delighted when he learned he would be reviewing a computer game on the annual toy showcase. He travelled up to Dublin with his father and mother, Bríd. The parents watched the show, and their son’s memorable moments, from the RTÉ green room. Peadar said: We had an idea that Robbie might be making an appearance but we didn’t say it to himself. We didn’t let on as there was no point building up the ladeen just in case Robbie couldn’t make it. The way Domhnall handled himself and reacted after the initial shock [of seeing Keane] was fantastic. We were proud as punch.”The Irish captain took time out to pose for a picture with his young fan backstage and speak further with him about sport. Since returning home, the O’Confhaola family have fielded calls from friends, family and neighbours, with long distance conversations with beaming relatives in Dubai and New Zealand.“It has been surreal and I don’t think the reality has hit Domhnall yet. He has taken everything in his stride, though, and I’m sure he’ll be busy in school tomorrow,” said Peadar.Ireland do not play another international match until a home friendly with Serbia next March. Keane will be hoping to feature after recently coming through surgery on his Achilles’ tendons. The eight-year-old and his proud father are hoping for another trip to Dublin to cheer him, and Ireland, on.Watch again: Domhnall meets hero Robbie Keane in amazing Toy Show momentVIDEO: When All Black Dan Carter met George Morgan