Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Limits to Political Reform in Morocco’s “Enlightened Authoritarianism”

No Rivals to the King

The Limits to Political Reform in Morocco’s “Enlightened

In Morocco it is still the king who defines the boundaries of political
discourse and action. The palace is increasingly placing obstacles in the
path of its strongest adversary, the moderate Islamist Justice and
Development Party (PJD). This was seen most recently in the difficult and
protracted coalition negotiations following the October 2016 parliamentary
elections. At the same time, pressure on civil society critics is steadily
intensifying. The inherent promise of political reform in Morocco’s
comparatively inclusive model is increasingly eroding and gradually
substituted with the promise of economic modernisation, potentially
undermining the very bases of the kingdoms domestic stability. It is thus
also in Europe’s interests for Morocco to uphold the progress it has
achieved through the political reforms of recent decades.

SWP Comments 2017/C 17, May 2017, 4 Pages
 Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
German Institute for International and Security Affairs