Moroccos Minister of Justice Denounces His Exclusion From Upcoming Election Preparations

Casablanca – The Moroccan Minister of Justice and Liberties has denounced his exclusion from the upcoming elections in Morocco, whist the Minister of the Interior calls this a mere ‘misunderstanding’ Mustapha Ramid, Morocco’s Minister of Justice and Liberties, denounced in a post on his official Facebook page, his exclusion from the preparations for the elections, to be held October 7th.“During the previous communal elections, the Minister of Justice and Liberties collaborated with the Minister of Interior in regards to all election-related issues. Just three weeks from the elections of October 7th, one must wonder what has happened?” The minister added that as long as this is the case, he should not be held accountable for any manipulation in the elections:“The Minister of Justice and Liberties has not been consulted and does not decide anything. This means he should not be held responsible for any mediocrity, regression, abuse or deviation.”In a statement posted in the Moroccan news website, Hespress, the Minister of Interior, Mohamed Hassad, responded to Ramid’s Facebook post and said that things have evolved from a “misunderstanding”.“The scale of Central Committee in charge of tracking the elections, where I worked together with the Minister of Justice and Liberties, has always produced a performance characterized by utter respect, both from my side and his,” the minister said in a statement.Hassad continued, “we always found solutions to the problems raised in the communal and regional elections, and any problems that come up during the preparation for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.”Concerning the claims that the Ministry of Interior has orchestrated the anti-Benkirane March last Sunday, especially since there was no collaboration between the two ministers about authorizing the event, the minister stated that in the current pre-election situation, such protests should not be stopped.“Those who say that the Ministry of Interior’s invisible hand has mobilized the masses are wrong.”The Minister of Justice and Liberties does not seem convinced with Hassad’s explication. He said in statement published on Telquel:“The justice has said that there was a problem but the Minister of interior denies it. Everything is clear.”Edited by Hinna Sheikh read more

Canadian dollar dips as US budget talks progress commodities mixed

Canadian dollar dips as US budget talks progress, commodities mixed AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 5:18 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower on Tuesday as investors became more confident that U.S. leaders could reach a budget agreement in the coming days.The loonie was down 0.21 of a cent at 101.45 cents US at the end of the trading day.House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday he remains hopeful that a fiscal cliff compromise can be reached, but added President Barack Obama has yet to offer a balanced deficit-cutting plan. Boehner said that Obama’s latest offer for US$1.3 trillion in tax increases over the next decade with $850 billion in spending cuts is not balanced enough.But Boehner’s plan also faces opposition from other quarters. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Boehner plan can’t pass the Democratic-run Senate.If congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House can’t reach a deal by Jan. 1, tax cuts enacted a decade ago for all Americans will expire and government programs will be cut across the board. The combination could lead to a U.S. recession that could spread to other economies of the world.The loonie also faced a move from Australia’s central bank to cut interest rates, saying that it believes mining investment is reaching its peak.Oil prices trekked higher as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 73 cents to US$87.93 a barrel.February gold bullion ended down $27.50 to US$1,670.70 an ounce. March copper settled 1.3 cents lower to US$3.65 a pound. read more