Rabat - The late king Hassan II, incensed by the puerile quibbling that took place in the parliament of his time, that was, after all, a mere rubber-stamp of his autocratic policies, called it a true circus, which amounted to calling indirectly the parliamentarians clowns making pitiful grimaces, funny sounds and atrocious gestures to amuse the gallery.

Dr Mohamed Chtatou is a professor at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat.