New York - The Alternative Citizen Movement (ALCI) called, on Friday in Fez, for a parliament and government that should be composed of at least one-third of young people, the Maghreb Arab Press News agency reported on Friday.
New York – The Alternative Citizen Movement (ALCI) called, on Friday in Fez, for a parliament and government that should be composed of at least one-third of young people, the Maghreb Arab Press News agency reported on Friday.
In a platform presented at a national meeting on the theme “Youth and political reforms: better representation of youth on the national political scene,” the Movement said that “the reality on the ground and the demands of parity require the establishment of a good level of representation of youth in political institutions at national, regional and local levels, as well as within political parties.”
The political reform of the state and political actors must go along the path of effective involvement of young people in the national political scene, ensured by the effective implementation of law and a percentage reflecting the presence of youth in society, underscored the Movement.
The Movement noted, however, that the process of ongoing reforms remains prisoner of “paternalistic authority” both within the state and political parties, who do not look positively on the deepening of the representation of young people.
While noting the progress made by the new constitution, civil society actors who took part in the meeting convened by the ALCI, emphasized that the further integration and representation of youth in the national list does not resolve the question of the rejuvenation of the political life, and is merely an attempt to “dodge the issue”.
The debate on the promotion of youth representation should also include, in their view, the establishment of an appropriate electoral system and a fair redistribution towards a greater presence on the ground.
Founded in 2004, ALCI is defined as an association for democratic social, sustainable, equitable and participatory development, as well as a forum for the promotion of economic, social and civic rights.
Its main objectives include deepening equality, citizenship and democracy in the social, economic and legal fields, as well as the fight against gender-based discrimination, the defense of women’s rights and the integration of young people in political decision-making.