Istiqlal Party postpones extraordinary congress to avoid “internal rupture”

Contrary to plan, the Istiqlal Party failed to organize its extraordinary conference on August 6, due to strong disagreements among its leaders over the reforms to be made to the statute.

In a statement, the party’s executive committee contented itself with announcing the postponement of the conference to a later date, in order to continue with the preparations related to the material, logistical and moral preparation, as well as to allow for the maturation of subjective and moral rights. objective conditions and good environment for the realization of this organizational station.

According to independent sources who spoke to Hespress, the party leadership decided to postpone the conference to avoid an internal split, especially after strong opposition to amendments that a large number of Executive Committee members sought to introduce internally. system.

The same sources pointed out that the postponement of the national conference of the Istiqlal Party made it lose its right to benefit from public funding, more than four years after the organization of its national conference, for which Nizar Baraka was elected as its general secretary.

Article 49 of the Organic Law of Political Parties establishes that “each political party must hold its national congress at least once every four years, and if it is not held during this period, it will lose its right to benefit from the funds. public, and this right is restored from the date of liquidation of his position.”

The statement from the Executive Committee of the Istiqlal Party confirmed that it had decided to continue discussing all the amendments that sparked discussions within the Istiqlal House, with the aim of reaching a full consensus on them and seeking to unify views on them. Reviewing them, perfecting them and perfecting their formulation, in order to reach reform projects that have the approval of all, provided that the date of this regulatory right is set immediately after the realization of a consensual formulation of said reforms.

On the other hand, independent sources ruled out the possibility of organizing an extraordinary conference of the Istiqlal Party before next December, pointing out that there are big differences between the party leaders on the amendments. While other sources expected the political organization to remain outside the party law until next year.

Developments in the Istiqlal Party revealed that the charter amendment crisis points to deep differences within the party leadership, specifically between General Secretary Nizar Baraka and strong leader Hamdi Ould Errachid.

The Executive Committee of the Istiqlal Party had tried to introduce a series of amendments to the statute, which caused controversy among the ranks of the organization.

These reforms, which were strongly opposed by several independents, involved the cancellation of the membership of parliamentarians, party inspectors and professional association officials in the National Assembly, creating the position of Deputy Secretary General and granting him a series of powers parallel to those of the General secretary.

Disagreements over these amendments reached both sides of the party in the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors, and also moved to a number of parallel bodies.