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woensdag 9 maart 2011

How the King tried to fool us again

The King of Morocco has spoken to his people. I wonder though how many people actually understood what he was saying. Considering  40% of the Moroccans can't read or write but even worse they don’t know what is in the constitution. Personally I didn’t understand too much of what he said.

 For the poor, who need change the most, the promises the king made today won’t make a difference.
All this below really doesn’t matter when the King keeps appointing family members and friends as cabinet members and when protesters are being beaten at peaceful protests. 

This was speech number two by The King and the speeches only seem to encourage the people to protest. I think the King wanted to play it smart by 'answering the call for change'. The Constitution has thirteen chapters and one of them, 'Monarchy", has 34 articles and the king only wants to change seven? Let's just say I am looking forward to speech number 3 so we can get it over with.

Thanks to Hishaam_G (who made this a lot more clearer) and with his help I made this summary of what the King said:

For the whole speech visit http://lakome.com/politics/78-news-politics/3119-2011-03-09-20-37-09.html

1.    Acknowledgment of the cultural diversity of the kingdom.

“The constitutional recognition of the plurality of Moroccan identity united and rich diversity of its tributaries, and heart which include the Amazigh, the common heritage of all Moroccans without exception.

 2.    To strengthen righteous state and respect personal freedoms.

“The consolidation of the rule of law and institutions, expanding the scope of individual and collective freedoms and guarantees of their implementation and strengthening the system of human rights in all their dimensions, political economic, social, cultural, environmental and development issues.(…)

2.    To guaranty independence of the judiciary/judicial reforms. 

“The desire to establish Justice, amongst independent power and strengthen the powers of the Constitutional Council, the aim being to strengthen the rule of the constitution and to consolidate the supremacy of law and equality of all before it.

3.    Separation of powers, strengthening parliament.

“The consolidation of the principle of separation and balance of powers and the deepening of democratization, modernization and rationalization of institutions.” (…)

4.    Create mechanisms to strengthen representative role the parties.

“The strengthening of bodies and tools constitutional guidance to citizens, particularly through strengthening the role of political parties in the framework of effective pluralism and the strengthening of the status of the parliamentary opposition and the role of civil society.”

5.    Reform of the public service based on accountability.

“The consolidation mechanisms moralization of public life and the need to link the exercise of authority and responsibility or mandate to the imperatives of public control and accountability.

6.    Institutionalization of principles of good governance.

“The constitutional bodies in charge of good governance, human rights and civil liberties.”