By Mohamed Ait Lahcen
By Mohamed Ait Lahcen
Morocco World News
November 24, 2011
There are more than thirty political parties in Morocco, three of which had balked at participating in the upcoming legislative elections. These parties have attempted to take the side of the islamsit “ Al Jamaâa” and form a solid bloc of opposition; which is in itself an ill-advised and anti-democratic attitude stemming from completely calamitous intentions.
This stoic and misplaced act is one of the most unpopular measures taken by its instigators. It can also be reduced to a mere attempt to drive the Moroccan people closer to chaos and totalitarianism.
The example of radical left parties like the United Socialist Party (PSU), the Democratic Socialist Vanguard Party (PADS) or The Democratic Way (Voix Démocratique) that depict themselves as modern political formations is very telling in this sense. Seemingly, they recall with bitter sorrow the era of the unique party (in other words the ‘heyday of all-might and omnipotence’). Some of these parties are inconsistent formations which failed to attract great masses of voters and sympathizers. Taking into account the former elections, their participation to elections has always been purely symbolic, if not blasting and pernicious.
As for Al Adl Wal Ihssane (the radical islamist movement of Justice and Charity), it borrowed the leftist’s vocabulary and sealed with them a temporary alliance, proving, henceforth, that ‘might is right’ and that ‘the end justifies the means’. Al Adl Wal Ihssane (or Al Jamaâa as it is commonly known) is betting on this alliance to dissuade citizens from exercising their legitimate right of voting and persuade them to invade the streets in masses with the hope of realizing Abdessalam Yassine’s vision of a “Tsunami” that will redirect the course of political history in Morocco to a Khilafah (Caliphate). Ironically enough, by making this deal, the religiously inspired Al Jamaâa ‘sold its soul to the devil’ to fulfil its leader’s prophecy.
It could be advanced that the leaders of the parties who refused to take part in the waited for elections had noticed that they did not have the required political stature to face ‘heavyweight’ opponents who would destroy their tiny hope of winning elections. Taking the example of the PSU, there has been a stunning divide between the views of the ‘founding fathers’ of the party who were willing to take again the electoral challenge and other party members who opted for withdrawal to avoid another political humiliation.
Much ink has been spilled over the three parties’ (PSU, PADS and Voix Démocratique) call for boycott; but the real truth is that even if they had submitted their candidacy for the coming legislatives elections, they would have been left with only ‘token role’. For a wide range of voters, these parties hardly represent an alternative to other political entities especially that they isolated themselves by opting for the calculated choice of boycott.
Mohamed Ait Lahcen is a Moroccan national. He is a researcher with a special focus on Morocco’s politics.
Translated and Adapted by Farid El Korchi
A previous version of this article appeared in French in E-Marrakech
The English version of this article is © Morocco World News