By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
April 25, 2012
Last Sunday, the Party of Justice and Development (PJ), organized a study day intended to initiate the reform of its status as a political party, according to the Moroccan daily, “Le Soir.”
This event is a subscribe to a series of preparatory meetings for the PJD’s seventh National Congress that will be held on July 14 and 15. Mr. Mohammed Baha, President of the preparation committee and currently Minister of State, declared in his opening speech that, “the revision of the party’s status is a necessary prelude to the forthcoming local elections,” taking into account that the party is currently leading a coalition government under the new constitution.
Mohammed Amehjour, a member of the PJD, asserted that the revision of the party’s status is a tradition often reiterated before the organization of the National Congress. He adds that, though the revision can be conducted now, the concrete changes in the party’s status cannot be approved until the National Congress is held. The meeting enabled the party members to discern the major guidelines for the forthcoming congress based on an anticipatory approach.
It is of note that the new constitution requires political parties to reform their organizational structures. Obviously, the PJD seizes this opportunity to align its main directions with the new constitution in order to guarantee the party that is currently leading the government a better attainment during the forthcoming local elections.
The new provisions of the constitution aims at empowering political parties with an active role in the process of democratization. The seventh article of the new constitution defines a new mission for political parties – namely an effective engagement in the political life in addition to the training and monitoring of Moroccan youth, as far as civic engagement is concerned.
On the other hand, the constitution places a great emphasis on the parties’ internal democracy, which falls short from the member’s ambitions and expectations due to the lack of transparency and equality of opportunities. These intrinsic, undemocratic practices account for the widespread resentment felt by Moroccan youth towards the whole political process. It is of note that in many political parties the power of decision making is still confined within a restricted elite which paves the way for a culture of nepotism and a system of favors.
Edited by April Warren
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