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Morocco’s ruling Islamists isolated after ally quits

 RABAT, July 12, 2013 (AFP) Morocco's ruling Islamists are in need of a new ally after their main coalition partners made good on their threat to quit the government, raising the possiblity of early elections. The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) shot to power for the first time after triumphing in parliamentary polls held in 2011 as one of the democratic measures offered by the monarchy in response t ...

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Morocco: PJD members propose lifting parliamentary immunity

By Larbi Arbaoui Morocco World News Taroudant, April 13, 2013 The official website of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) reported that the PJD’s parliamentary group submitted a draft law to amend some articles of the penal code to allow taking legal action against parliamentarians and members of certain institutions and constitutional bodies, for the crimes and misdemeanors they commit. The PJD's websi ...

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Beating of MP: Benkirane Summoned to Apologize to the Parliament

By Jamal Saidi Morocco World News Casablanca, January 02, 2013 The PJD MPs, along with several other members of parliament have decided to demand the president of the government to apologize to the legislative house. The request came as a reaction to what they described as “the insult,” following the beating of Abdessamad El Idrissi, a PJD MP, by security forces in front of the parliament. Last Thursday, th ...

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Moroccan Human Rights Activists Demand the Abolition of Death Penalty

By Jamal Saidi Morocco World News Casablanca, December 26, 2012 A number of Moroccan Human rights activists have called upon the government to abolish death penalty, during a press conference organized yesterday, by the Coalition against Death Penalty that includes 11 Human rights organizations. Abderrahim Eljamai, the coordinator of the coalition, said that the Islamist-led government adopts an outdated de ...

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Can Moroccans Still Take Benkirane Seriously?

By Omar Bihmidine Morocco World News Sidi Ifni, December 5, 2012 Every time an event occurs in Morocco, the question that comes to mind is: "Is Abdelilah Benkirane serious?" We Moroccans have the inalienable right to ask and wonder about the seriousness of Benkirane in taking action against the aberrations happening in this country. Now that no corrupt official has been brought to justice, we should take fo ...

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The Underlying changes of the new geopolitical repositioning of Morocco

Morocco World News/ Maghreb Intelligence Rabat, October 20, 2012 The announcement went almost unnoticed in the Moroccan and Spanish media. However, the information is worth its weight in gold at the geo-strategic level. Indeed, on the occasion of the next Ibero-American Summit, scheduled for November 16 and 17 in Cadiz, Spain, Morocco will join this community, which includes most of the American countries, ...

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Morocco’s Government: Proposal for Technocrat Structure?

By Larbi Arbaoui Morocco World News Taroudant, Morocco, September 29, 2012 In Morocco, as the political calendar kickstarts in September, more political analysts are voicing their dissatisfaction with the work of the leading Islamist led government PJD. To that effect, several political movements are calling for a cabinet reshuffle. During the recent election campaign of the party of Al stiqlal, Hamid Chaba ...

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Media reform: The HAAC Responds to the Amendments of the Audiovisual Specifications

By Loubna Flah Morocco World News Casablanca, September 17, 2012 The High Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HAAC) has sent a feed back correspondence to the head of government Mr. Benkirane in response to the amendments made lately by the government on the Specifications for the audiovisual sector, especially those outlining the work of the National Company for Radio and Television (SNRT) and SOREAD ...

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Moroccan broadcast media reforms stir debate

By Siham Ali Rabat, September 6, 2012 The communications minister has come under fire for trying to "Arabise" the public TV channels. After months of controversy, the Moroccan government finally adopted a set of public-sector broadcast media regulations. The amendments, passed on August 16th, are now under examination by the High Authority for Audio-visual Communications (HACA). The public will only find ou ...

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Morocco: A Family accuses Member of the PJD of Murdering their Son

By Jamal Saidi Morocco World News Casablanca, September 5, 2012 The family of a murdered student in the early nineties of the last century has issued a statement to the public, calling for “disclosing the whole truth” regarding the killing of their son. The statement, which was obtained by MWN, pointed the finger to a member of the general secretariat of the PJD and Moroccan State. Ait Eljid Mohammed Benais ...

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Meeting between king and Minister of Interior is Unconstitutional- PJD Member

By Jamal Saidi Morocco World News Casablanca, August 30, 2012 Abdelali Hami-Eddine, a member of the Islamist leading party’s General Secretariat, said during a seminar organized by the youth of PJD in Tangiers yesterday that the meeting which took place between the king and the minister of Interior “was unconstitutional.” The meeting was held on August 9, 2012 during which the king gave orders for opening i ...

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The Leading Islamist Party Carries a Dangerous Political Project- Habib El Malki

By Jamal Saidi Morocco World News Casablanca, August 30, 2012 Habib El Malki, a member of the socialist politburo, said during a seminar organized in Beni Melal that the Islamist party lacks a real project of reform at all levels. “The PJD carries a dangerous political project that aims at controlling Moroccan society in the name of religion, a control that would take numerous forms,” he added. Habib El Mal ...

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