11 October 2013
Led by Premier Benkirane, the 39-seat cabinet includes six women ministers
RABAT (AA) - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has authorized the new government headed by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.
The 39-seat cabinet has seen a shuffle that replaced 15 ministers, while six posts are now held by women.
The new government marks the end of a political crisis caused by the split of the previous coalition in July.
The junior coalition party Istiqlal decided to part ways with its ruling partner Justice and Development Party (PJD), which it accused of taking unilateral decisions and adopting policies that encouraged spread of corruption.
The Istiqlal Party also apportioned blame on Prime Minister Benkirane, who it said could not distinguish between his positions as a party leader and as the head of a government, failing to fulfil his obligations as the former.
Benkirane avoided a government collapse when opposition party National Rally of Independents agreed to fill in for the Istiqlal Party.