A year after its defeat in the legislative elections, the PJD is still defending against all odds the results of its ten years at the head of the executive. On September 28, on the occasion of the World Day for the Right to Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy (IVG), Saadeddine El Othmani, former Head of Government and former Secretary General of the PJD – who has nevertheless preferred his psychiatric office to the mysteries of politics for more than a year -, split a tweet to challenge the government on the withdrawal of a bill providing for the decriminalization of abortion in force majeure (rape, incest, malformation of the fetus, endangering the health of the mother). This tweet echoes the tragic story of Meriem, a 15-year-old girl, who died on the night of September 5 to 6 following a clandestine and non-consensual termination of pregnancy, after a rape, and the mobilization of the civil society it has spawned.
El Othmani bounced on the hashtag #criminal_law_draft to recall the existence of a tel project, set up in 2015 under a PJD government – led at the time by Abdelilah Benkirane –, and at the request of King Mohammed VI. That year, the law was partly drafted and defended by Mustafa Ramid, then Minister of Justice, another tenor of the PJD, yet known for his very conservative positions. “As a parliamentarian, I took part myself in the study of this text, and I can certify that the PJD group agreed with all the amendments proposed by the royal commission. Later, we faced great resistance, for ideological but also political reasons,” says Amina Maelainine, former MP, member of the Justice and Rights Commission of the man.