Sports, economy and social on the menu of Moroccan weeklies

The participation of the national team in the planned African Nations Championship (CHAN) of local players in Algeria, the prospects for 2023 and the strike bill are the main topics covered in the Moroccan weekly press published this Saturday. Hebdo+ writes about the participation of the local national team in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for local players, which is scheduled to be held in Algeria from January 13 to February 4, refusing to give a positive answer to the request of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. (FRMF), Algeria made it a state affair.

At its peril, Algeria refuses to comply with the legal demand of FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaan, who demands that the national team fly directly to Constantine, the host city of the 2023 championship. Rabat on the Royal Air Maroc (RAM) plane, celebrates weekly.

“What should we conclude from this? We are not dealing with a legal or organizational issue. We are not playing on the football field, but rather on the political field,” he said.

Admittedly, Algeria decided to close its airspace to Moroccan civil and military aircraft in August 2021, but today it is a major continental sporting event, wondering what would prevent it from making an exception and allowing a RAM aircraft carrying Morocco . the team will fly directly to Constantine.

In fact, the Algerian regime is afraid to reverse its decision to close Algerian skies to Moroccan planes at CHAN 2023. Thanks to the historic feat of the Moroccans, “Its authority and power are under threat. A popular euphoria that is almost impossible to control” believes that Qatar will be selected for the 2022 World Cup.

Today it is up to CAF to take the necessary decisions. “It is unacceptable to avoid a direct three-hour flight and spend almost a day traveling thousands of kilometers with one stop before flying to Tunisia to go to Constantine in Tunisia,” he said.

+La Nouvelle Tribune+ touches on its outlook for 2023, showing that the new year is presented in a not worrisome but unfortunate economic, political and geopolitical context after a bit of a hiatus following the historic performance of the Atlas Lions at the World Cup in Qatar. .

The newspaper writes that in 2023, the lexicon will not change obviously, the main words will remain inflation, war in Ukraine, economic crisis, recession, water stress and social pressure.

He adds that the causes of concern in our close neighbor on the geopolitical level have increased in recent months and overshadowed this beginning of the year.

For many years, Morocco has been pursuing a dual soft power strategy based on increased global prominence and resolutely active diplomacy to gain recognition of its legitimacy in the Moroccan Sahara, which he notes has culminated in recent weeks. thanks to football, Morocco has never been seen like this at the international level.

In the context of Morocco’s diplomatic victories in Washington, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, etc., the Lions saga was certainly perceived as too much straw by the Algerian regime, he notes.

+La Vie Eco+, which is interested in the strike bill, writes that the CGEM is in a hurry to see the passage of the organic bill on the strike according to the schedule set in the agreement on April 30. Unions are dragging their feet. Of the three most represented plants, two are more relevant. In the end, the text will not be ready in time. That is, no later than January 31, the date of submission of the draft law to the parliament.

The CGEM leader quoted by the weekly lamented: “These deadlines will definitely not be met.” According to the magazine, at least three months of negotiations are needed to work around the issue and finally agree on a version that will be tabled in parliament. And even. Social partners have not yet started discussions. According to CGEM officials, a meeting should be held by the end of the week.

For employers, it takes more time than a meeting. And of course, lots of persuasion from the government. Because the subject is not a priority for CDT. On the other hand, it is to maintain employment in difficult conditions and above all to increase wages. UMT, for its part, criticizes the government for not doing enough to protect the purchasing power of workers and citizens in general, writes the weekly.

Faced with the reluctance of this alliance, CGEM also has its own means of persuasion. Without really going there, the employers condition the implementation of the second part of the 5% increase of the minimum wage for July with the adoption of this organic law. “This is a package, an inseparable whole,” says the head of CGEM, noting that the head of government has not yet signed the decree on the implementation of the second tranche of this increase.

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