A MOROCCAN lawmaker
was shot and killed in front
of his home on Tuesday night
in Casablanca, according to
a statement from his political
party and local media.
Security officials did not
immediately respond to
requests for comment on
motivations. It was not clear
whether the lawmaker had
been targeted specifically but
killings of political figures in
Morocco are rare.
The victim, Abdellatif
Mirdas, 53, parliamentary
member of the liberal
Constitutional Union Party
representing the Settat district,
was returning to his home in
Casablanca when he was shot
in his car, according to reports
in local media.
“The Constitutional Union
denounces this despicable
criminal act against one of our
leaders,” the party said in a
statement, adding it hopes an
investigation will reveal the
perpetrators of the “crime.”
An individual with a judicial
record suspected of being
connected to the murder has
been arrested, according to a
statement from the General
Directorate of National
Security released on MAP state
news agency.
Almost five months after
elections in October, Morocco
is caught in a political deadlock
between its Islamist party
prime minister and coalition
partners over the formation of
a new government he will lead.