Call me egoistic, self-centered, self-loving, stuck-up, vain, vainglorious (these are all the synonyms of the word narcistic I could found on Dictionary.com). Notwithstanding, I invite anyone reading this, to listen to this conversation (Thanks to Abdelilah, from the blog of whom, I got this audio player stuff ):
To understand what is going on in the Cherifian Kingdom of Morocco, one should first admit that there is a large consensus for the monarchic system as a guarantor of the stability of the country. A support that could be partly explained by the History of the institution itself which is 12 centuries old, hence deeply rooted in Moroccan psyche. The second aspect that one should be aware of, is that there are three players in the Moroccan political scene:
- The King and the economic and military establishment around him (referred to in Morocco as, the Makhzen)
- The Islamists or conservatives, whether radical or ‘moderate’ (whatever that term may mean)
- and the secularists and supporters of liberal and progressive politics
The latter group is the weakest, as a result of years of harassment by the Makhzen (sometimes with the help of western governments), internal corruption and greed.
I’m afraid, the biggest winner in these elections will be the party of abstention; it would be interesting to check out the turnout figures.
The central power still is oblivious to the basic urgent needs of the country. Morocco is like a very ill patient who needs intensive care, but who is being given an aspirin tablet every five years.
(the picture is a patchwork of both the images of the King and his cousin, taken from “casafree.com“)