Marrakech - On the 39th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI’s anniversary speech focused on the country’s Regionalization Project to promote unity and solidarity among all Moroccan regions.
Marrakech – On the 39th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI’s anniversary speech focused on the country’s Regionalization Project to promote unity and solidarity among all Moroccan regions.
Morocco’s advanced Regionalization Project, a governmental substantial deep structural reform of all the state structures, is designed to contribute to a common and unified development for Morocco via assistance and solidarity among all regions.
Rather than the central government providing each region with human and material resources, or each region relying only on its own resources, the central government is giving wider powers to the representatives of the regional central authorities (regional councils, prefectures, municipalities, and districts).
“Having a unified, region-based Morocco does not mean there is tribal fanaticism; nor will this be conducive to disunity or separatism, for this is forbidden under the Kingdom’s former Constitution as well as the present one,” the King said. Rather, “We want integrated, solidarity-based entities and regions which care about each other,” he added.
In the King’s view, nothing but unity between regions and the unity of Moroccan territories is acceptable. The power of the Moroccan identity lies in its multicultural components including all Moroccans, whether, Jebli or Riffi, Sahrawi or Soussi.
King Mohammed VI recognized the sacrifice of Moroccans all over the country for the sake of enhancing a dignified life for their brothers and sisters in the southern provinces. People gave from their estates, and endowed even their lives for defending the “Western Sahara.”
“There are widows who have to shoulder the burdens of life on their own; there are orphans who – for the sake of the Sahara – never knew a father’s affectionate love. There are young people who have been deprived of their freedom, and who have lived for many years as prisoners, for the sake of the Sahara,” he noted.
He said the dispute has not been an issue only for the Saharan people, but Morocco itself has suffered-leaving behind widows and orphans. If all this suffering justifies anything, it is only the solidarity and love that are among the components of the Moroccan Identity.
Thus, the king’s speech reflects the aspect of solidarity found in the following Hadith: “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.”
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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