Mohamed VI announced early elections in Morocco to implement the new Constitution

Mohamed VI announced early elections in Morocco to implement the new Constitution

Rabat : Morocco | Jul 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM PDT
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Moroccan Foreign Minister Press Conference -- March 23, 2011 (Part I)

Legislative elections in Morocco, planned for 2012 be brought forward to autumn, probably in October, as announced by King Mohammed VI on the Throne speech that he delivered to mark the twelfth anniversary of his enthronement. The king stressed the need for a political climate "healthy, worthy of the new Morocco generated by this Constitution. (...) It would be appropriate to begin with the election of the new House of Representatives to proceed to the appointment of (...) head of government within the party which obtains the best result in the election. "The new constitution provides that the chief executive is a member of the winning party of the legislative and enjoys greater powers than its predecessor. The ruling Justice and Development (moderate Islamist) was the winner by the number votes in the 2007 elections, but thanks to the design of constituencies, the Istiqlal won more seats.The Moroccan Interior Ministry has just asked the Justice to open an investigation into the director, Driss Chahtane and two journalists of the weekly "Al Michaal" in its latest issue published a list of governors who allegedly helped the candidates Authenticity and Modernity Party, founded by a friend of the king, to get their seats in the 2007 legislative and municipal elections of 2009.Mohamed VI welcomed the "massive participation" in the July 1 referendum on the constitution that officially reached 73%. He made a slight allusion to the youth protests that take place in Morocco in late February to demand greater democracy. He invited the political parties, "whether they are in the majority and the opposition to redouble their efforts to achieve reconciliation with the public, particularly youth.The monarch called on Algeria "achieve a full normalization of bilateral relations between our two brotherly countries, including the opening of land borders" closed for Algiers in 1994 after Rabat imposed a visa to enter Morocco for Algerians. The common border of 1,800 kilometers long, is one of the few in the world that remains closed. Traveling from one country to another can only be done by plane. Algeria has been suggested that conditional openness to resolving the conflict in Western Sahara.

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Morocco's King Mohammed VI
Morocco's King Mohammed VI
Shaziakhan is based in Kahror Pakka, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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