By Samir Bennis
By Samir Bennis
New York, August 26, 2011
Morocco world News
The head of the outgoing Moroccan government, Mr. Abbas El Fassi, stressed in Rabat on Thursday that the government “supports in principle the demand of political parties’ youth divisions to allocate a joint national list of women and youth” during the upcoming legislative elections, the Maghreb Arab Press news agency reported. The joint national list would ensure that a certain amount of young people and women are represented in parliament.
Following a meeting with representatives of youth organizations affiliated under the banner of The Movement of Moroccan Youth for Political Representation Now (MMYPRN), Mr. Abbas El Fassi, told MAP that “The government will decide on the number of seats to be allocated to this list, which will range from 74 and 90 seats equally distributed among women and youth.”
Concerning the request made by youth organizations to establish a national fund to support young people to finance income-generating projects and productive projects, Mr. El Fassi, said that the government will consider this request and will express its opinion regarding it.
In a statement to the press, Deputy Secretary General of the Youth Division of the Justice and Development Party, Mr. Khalid Alboukraei, reiterated the demand of youth organizations to “allocate a reasonable and acceptable national list for young people, no less than what was contained in the first version of the draft proposal of the Ministry of Interior, which provided for the allocation of 90 seats equally among women and youth.”
Mr. Alboukraei stressed “the need to create a Fund to support political action for youth” that addresses youth issues and promotes their concerns. He went on to call for the government to “support political parties that encourage young people and plan to nominate them as head of the electoral lists at the regional level.”
The Movement of Moroccan Youth for Political Representation Now (MMYPRN) was recently established in Rabat, representing 29 youth organizations and 17 non-governmental organizations active on youth issues. The MMYPRN calls for the adoption of a national list, in particular to include youth and equally distributed between young men and women, for ensuring youth representation in the future Parliament.
Most Moroccans have lost faith in the majority of the country’s political figures, many of whom have been involved in Moroccan politics for over 4 decades. The latter have come to symbolize corruption and cronyism in the country and are accused by most young people of benefitting from the system, along with their relatives, and failing to discharge their duties, which should be to strive towards providing all Moroccans with equal opportunities and ensuring a better distribution of wealth.
Many in Morocco think that these political figures are out of touch with the realities of the overwhelming majority of the population, are not fit for the democratic system that the country is moving towards and that they should depart from their current roles to allow a new generation build a brighter future for Moroccans.
Editing by Benjamin Villanti.