For the elections in
The promises outgoing MPs made to the voters like eradicating poverty and unemployment weren't met to a large extent. Although Morocco has become more democratic compared to past years through relatively free press and the formation of associations and new parties, many voters feel unconcerned because they want democratic changes to affect their lives positively.
For the voters to stream to polling stations, elected MPs should have regular contact with them throughout the period they’re in parliament. Voters complain that they lose sight of their MPs once elected and they don’t show up until the next election campaigns.
The Islamic party PJD is poised to have a large victory in
There is the question of whether there should be a constitutional change in
Up to now, key powers are in the hands of the King like foreign policy, the defence. The military is accountable to the King who is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. One thing is for sure, the king will continue to exercise his power as he has stated this on many occasions. Generally, at least, ordinary people believe in him. The government can be unpopular. But he still receives popular support even among the poor who are willing to come out to welcome him when visiting their areas. For the current problems facing
The big disappointment for the Moroccans was in progressive parties that had been in opposition for decades. When they came to power in 1997, they were below the expectations of the voters who thought that with them poverty, unemployment and corruption would be a matter of the past. They seem to have lost faith in any political party shown by the expected low turn-out, especially in the big cities and despite the lowering of voting age to have as many voters as possible. As such the king will continue to hold key powers. The powers political parties should currently have is to have positive influence on the voters. By being negative on many levels, there will be a total breakup between them and the voters, with very few people to vote for them, making any election null and void. And as such
Listen to BBC WHYS show on elections in Morocco2007 in which Prince Hicham of Morocco, cousin of King Mohammed VI took part.