(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Mustapha El Khalfi the minister of communication and the official government spokesperson has the most 'notoriety' among Moroccans according to a new survey by the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Initiative and the Morocco-based Averty social polling institute.
The Moroccan magazine Telquel published the results of the pollon Mondayas the fifth edition of the annual political barometer which measures the popularity of the rulinggovernmentand national civic engagement in the first two to three months of each studied year.1098 Moroccan aged 18 years and over distributed in all regions of Morocco weresurveyed for the poll Averty said in a statement to the magazine. Seventy-eight percent of Moroccans could readily recognize El Khalfi's name and vaguelydescribe his role in head of government Abdelilah Benkirane's government. Thesurvey did not attribute a cause for the Justice and Development Party-affiliated (PJD) minister's high brand awareness but Huffington Post Maroc's analysis said his name recognition could have been caused by his willingness to talk to the press about'hot' subjects garnering strongresponses from Moroccans both positive and negative. Just behind El Khalfi Aziz Rabbah the PJD minister of transportation and mayor of Kenitra held name recognition with 77 percent of Moroccans. Mohamed El Ouafa Benkirane's minister delegate in charge of general affairs and governance came in third having a reputation with 75 percent of the surveyed citizens – down from 81 percent last year. El Ouafa who was previously the minister of education before the head of government rehired a new cabinet in 2013 is a member of the Independence Party. Next came Nabil Benabdellah the minister of housing and urbanization and general secretary of the Party of Progress and Socialism (74 percent name recognition) and justice minister Mustapha Ramid who tied with health minister Houcine Louardi (73 percent). Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar (71 percent) and the current minister of education Lahcen Daoudi (67 percent) followed. The lesser known ministers did not change since the previous iteration of the poll: Mohamed Abbou the minister of commerce (12 percent) Mamoun Bouhdoud minister delegate to the minister of industry and trade (13 percent) Fatema Marouane the minister of arts and the social economy (18 percent) Driss Dahak secretary general of the government (20 percent) and Abdelaziz El Omari minister of parliamentary relations and civil society (25 percent).