Morocco King Marks Two Stable Decades Despite Economic Woes

King Mohammed VI is getting ready to mark twenty years on the throne of Morocco, a North African country seen as a local island of stability but bedeviled by financial inequality. The kingdom’s towns and cities have been decked out with flags to tag the wedding anniversary on Tuesday, while newspapers have released editorials praising the monarch’s accomplishments. But recent weeks have also seen an influx of criticism within the “Moroccan decline”, with commentators citing economic stagnation and its own crippling results on the young. When he got the throne in 1999 following loss of life of his father Hassan II, the then-35-year-old influenced great expectations, earning the nickname “king of the indigent”.

In his first speech as king he showed the ills facing the united states: poverty, unemployment, and cultural inequality. Royal consultant Omar Azziman, in a rare interview with AFP, admitted that there is “dissatisfaction” in the country. As the Arab Springtime swept beyond across North Africa and, Mohammed VI nipped bloating protests in the bud by offering up constitutional reforms and promising to suppress his capabilities. The country’s long-marginalised Rif region was rocked by a few months of protests from late 2016, sparked by the loss of life of a fisherman and spiraling into a motion demanding more development and railing against the problem and unemployment.

Several hundred protesters are thought to have been imprisoned and tried in connection with the demonstrations, but no recognized figures can be found. While the king has pardoned around 250 of these, rights groups noticed specialists’ response to the Hirak protest movement as a step backwards. Amnesty International regularly denounces “arbitrary” arrests and detentions in Morocco and boosts doubts over the fairness of its judicial system. But according to Abdellatif Menouni, a constitutional scholar and royal advisor since 2011, under Mohammed VI “most of (what is needed) in conditions of democracy has been done, it just must be deepened”. For analyst Mohamed Tozi, Morocco’s stability in a tumultuous region is a key performance indication given the local framework.

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But despite that, seven out of ten young Moroccans, seeing few prospects, say they want to emigrate, according to the Arab Barometer study. The International Monetary Fund has urged the kingdom to move towards a “more inclusive” model of development and tackle inequality, saying it had been slow to drive through reforms. Mohammed VI, who retains control over the country’s most tactical sectors, has overseen a financial strategy centered on attracting international investment, from roads and airports to the vast Tanger Med slot. But even he has admitted the failings of the development model “struggling to meet the pressing demands of the citizens”.

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