Rabat, April 30, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat, April 30, 2013 (MAP)
The celebration, Wednesday, of the Labour Day and the 2nd conference on taxation are the main topics addressed on Tuesday by the editorials of the Moroccan dailies, along with other subjects.
Under the title “Wasted Day”, Aujourd’hui le Maroc” writes that this year’s May 1 is marked by the breakdown of social dialogue between the government and the unions, adding that “even if tension has been palpable between the two sides for months now, the breakdown of dialogue represents a turning point in the current government’s mandate.”
“The four unions who declined the invitation of the government accuse the latter of a lack of seriousness in dealing with their social demands,” and the situation is getting more complicated because it seems that unions no longer trust the government, it says.
However, the editorial goes on, “trust is a prerequisite for any dialogue and negotiation.”
For its part, Le Soir Echos writes that “after boycott of the resumption of dialogue by some unions, the traditional May 1 march may be a reflection of the national political scene: an accumulation of messages that ignore the daily reality of Moroccans.”
Unfortunately, “the May 1 march has lost its essence and has become a forced date in an environment that is loath to politicking which pretends to serve the interests of our citizens.”
As regards the 2nd conference on taxation (April 29-30 in Skhirate), L’Economiste deems that taxation “needs a major makeover and a cosmetic surgery.”
“Taxation is one of the three pillars of society, along with the code of freedoms, which sets out the rights and obligations of people and the criminal code that defines antisocial acts and their punishment,” it says.
It deems that “seeking a fair tax system is absolutely not enough to describe the goals,” making it clear that “opposing systems can both be fair, because it all depends on what we want to do with this tax.”
In another subject, Annahar Al Maghribia writes that the acts of violence in the southern provinces and the trouble caused by gangs in the pay of the Polisario and Algeria affirm the other party’s willingness to sow anarchy and undermine the local population’s peace, by exploiting some NGOs who show blatant partiality and bias in their reports.
It is but a scenario orchestrated by separatists and their Algerian mentor to demonstrate alleged violations of human rights in the Sahara, while the facts show that the security forces have shown restraint in refusing to get trqpped by unbearable provocations, it says.
The author of the editorial called on the international community to take these facts into consideration and not to be misled when handling the Sahara issue.
Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia indicates that while Morocco had a diplomatic victory in Washington and New York, having managed to convince the U.S. government to withdraw its proposal for the extension o fthe mandate of MINURSO to inculde human rights, the Kingdom now faces other battles both domestically and abroad, with means that the Kingdom should use needing to be political rather than security.
This policy starts with the implementation of the autonomy plan, says the editorial, stressing the need to form a government and a local parliament on the basis of free and fair elections supervised by representatives of the international community and to begin the delegation of powers from central government to local government.