Impatience in Morocco
While Morocco was on the outer skirts of the Arab Spring, the revolution still touched the minds of many of the young restless members of the population. While dictators where falling in Tunisia and Egypt, the monarchy in Morocco held strong through the Kings decision to voluntarily share his power as well as instate a new Constitution. The win of the moderate Islamist party called the Justice and Development party was praised by the U.S. in 2011 however, Moroccans are growing impatient with the so called “new democratic order.”
As was discussed in lecture many countries influenced by the Arab spring are beginning to grow impatient, some even claiming it a backwards revolution, but the real problem seems to be the impatience of these populations within these transitioning countries. Only a few years since the Arab spring have left very little time for the dust to settle from violent and non-violent revolutions throughout the Middle East and South Africa.
However the case of Morocco seems to be different. Instead of a complete downfall of the government, Morocco has an opportunity to non-violently shift into a more democratic reign with powers split between the king and the newly elected PM. With the significant infrastructure rebuilding and deduction of pay flowing into the council under the King, it seemed that the face of change was arising. Today critics say all efforts are floundering and that the real problem lay in the new Constitution.
“Drafted by a committee appointed by the king – it did not go nearly far enough in shifting power to elected officials. The king remains head of the council and the Ulama council, which runs the mosques. He also runs to military, the security forces and the intelligence service.”
It seems as though the impatience of the population is being translated into stagnation of the government and in my opinion the dust it still settling from these movements. Giving the government time to implement the reformed constitution is much needed however, as far as infrastructural progression Morocco is on a slippery slope.
|Meeting between Mr. Abdel-'Ilah Benkiran and members of the E.U.|
In order to have an environment for democracy there must be a foundation to build upon, which is what was discussed in a meeting on the first of February between the Head of Government Mr. Abdel-Ilah Benkiran and members of the Euro-group Morocco European Union. The main issues discussed were the adoption of various resolutions for the implementation of Moroccan proposal for autonomy Sahara which would basically revive the Maghreb building and overall regional security. If cooperation continues between King Mohammed Vi and the EU there could be beneficial changes made for the new Constitution and democratic path.