Of course a constitutional reform is crucially needed, and I can understand the view point of many of my countrymen who refuse to vote and/or call for the boycott of the process. Indeed the Moroccan constitution is fundamentally undemocratic, giving the monarch total preeminence over other institutions which are, completely emptied from any substance. That leaves the King, the real power holder, with absolute supremacy. Untouchable. This, obviously, in the final analysis, destroys the elementary notion of accountability. Bearing all this in mind, I wonder if boycott is strategically sound, at this point in time at least. The archaic makhzenian system ought to be defeated by its own means. Casting it’s vote tomorrow may be a kind of endorsement for the process, which is touted as democratic by the regime, but dismissed by large parts of the population (very few Moroccans registered to vote). But what if parties like the PSU succeeded in putting some of it’s members in the next parliament; wouldn’t that be a push for progressive politics in the country? wouldn’t that give them some nuisance power by putting them inside the system? I’m wondering…
I think the Makhzen doesn’t play the role it used to. As a journalist put it on today’s Almassae paper: “There has been a privatisation of chicanery and the makhzen no longer plays that dirty role. People do it in a modern way!”
Hi Yassine! Yes you’re perfectly right; the “new era” (“العهد الجديد”) should be understood as the NEW MAKHZEN (المخزن الجديد). The old crooks have been simply replaced by new, highly educated ones, disguised in their fancy suits and ostentatiously waving their dubious credantials.
Thank you mate!
I would like to congratulate you on your website. As a moroccan who has never lived in ‘her’ country (being born and raised in Europe), it’s great to find a place on the blogopshere where not only my political viewpoints but also my cultural background finds resonance.
It was a pleasure to be on the BBC with you.
I read all your comments about the political system in Morocco. As you know what Morocco needs is an enlighted political class, not one that sell just dreams during campaigns just to get to power. The Moroccans feel disappointed in the leftist political parties like USFP because it wore a completely new face once in government. The Moroccans again are trying their luck with PJD. As you know the reality of power changes everything. If there is anything good about these elections is that the once popular and now disappointing parties won’t have the majority they were enjoying. When there are voters who know exactly who they are voting for and when all elected people are endowed with integrity and not easily lured by the glamour of power, then democratic practices will be a driving force leading to fundamental changes.
Hi dear Nadia, Hi dear Abdelilah (my old chap from WHYS!)
@Nadia: I’m much honoured to know you. May the spirit of freedom and emancipation blow on all of our countymen and women who still don’t have a say and still are being exploited under all pretexts. You’re much welcome, my pleasure!
@Abdelilah: صديقي العزيز. Always a pleasure to hear your voice, with your unique Marrakshi accent on the BBC 🙂 . Yes indeed, we’re all fed up with the status quo, aren’t we?
I have to admit, I have a selfish interest in pressing -as I modestly do- for a more liberal and free Morocco: I want this to happen NOW and HERE! You may say that’s utopian, that’s a naive dream, I believe it’s a dream worth fighting for. Have you ever heard the Lennon song “Imagine;” that’s what I’m talking about. Now me and you have had the opportunity through the sacrifices of our parents, to study, to get a degree, a job, to get access to literature, to science, to enlighten our minds. Our duty is not only to fill up our bank accounts (even if that’s a legitimate thing to do… I’m not moralizing here), but it is to give back to our beautiful, beloved country what it deserves: a beautiful and respectful state on its own, with people taking matters into their own hands. What I, you and Nadia and our likes are doing maybe considered futile (if our efforts are taken individually), nevertheless by attracting people to our cause, hopefully our effort will get greater and greater, and people calling for progress and liberal democracy wont be taken for cranks anymore.
Always a pleasure my friend.
Don’t make it your last visit Abdelilah and Nadia