Rabat – The secretary-general of the Moroccan Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Hakim Benchamach, has criticized the government, led by the Justice and Development Party (PJD), accusing it of stifling progress and development in Morocco. He said the government has prevented Morocco from catching up to developing countries by “mismanaging public affairs.”In a meeting PAM called on Saturday, March 9, in Rabat, Benchamach stated that the PJD-led coalition government has failed to invest in the many opportunities Morocco has enjoyed under the 2011 Constitution to achieve development and progress, reported Moroccan news outlet Al Ahdath. Benchamach accused the PJD of “conning” Moroccans when it promised to attain “7 percent development,” despite national and international financial institutions saying the figure was completely unattainable.According to PAM, Benchamach also argued the PJD-led government deluded Moroccans and could not deliver what it promised to achieve in development by fighting corruption. This failure, he elaborated, is reflected in the growing social tensions expressed in street protests and the disgruntlement of citizens.The PJD rose to power in 2011, but came to a crisis in 2017 when months after the election, it failed to form a majority government, the first such stalemate in Moroccan history.King Mohammed VI appointed then foreign minister Saad Eddine El Othmani as head of government, replacing Abdelilah Benkirane. El Othmani formed a government with four other parties.