As prime minister, El-Othmani faces the tough job of making workable a coalition that includes pro-market, conservative and socialist parties including the USFP, with whom Benkirane refused to govern, citing its poor election performance. Whatever the outcome, El-Othmani is said to be the man who can succeed where his predecessor failed.
Mahjoubi Aherdane, a controversial but generally liked figure, is not one man but four: politician, poet-writer, artist-painter and the oldest living icon of Morocco’s Amazigh ethnic group. Aherdane embarked on a military career to “go beyond the tribe, go higher with feet rooted in my culture”, as he put it. He is the symbol of Amazigh culture par excellence, he embodies authenticity in all its dimensions: his clothing, his gestures, his words and his way of life.