February 20: What Now?

In the context of the movement for change in Morocco we asked our contributors to answer this simple question: What now for Morocco?



Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

On December 17, 2011, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in front of the municipality of the town of Sidi Bouzid, in protest of the humiliation he suffered at the hands of the police. This act sparked demonstrations throughout Tunisia, forcing then-President Zine Elabidine Ben Ali to step down. The success of the Tunisian revolution became the catalyst of a wave of protests that will spread across the Arab region, leading to the resignation of Husni Mubarak in Egypt and to challenging the decades-long rule of many Arab autocrats. Morocco was not spared by the protests. A group of online activists, inspired by the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, convinced tens of thousands of their countrymen and women to take to the streets on February 20, calling for change. Since that day, Moroccans have been marching week in, week out, demanding a reform of the regime. Many of the protesters have made the Moroccan Constitution the focal point of their demands, calling for a separation of powers and for more democracy. In response, King Mohammed VI gave an address to the nation on March 9, vowing to relinquish parts of his executive prerogatives and announcing the appointment of a royal commission to revise the current Constitution. A few days after the King’s pledge, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully across the kingdom, voicing their concerns and mistrust in the proposed reform. In this context, we asked our contributors to answer this simple question: What now for Morocco?

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Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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2 comments on “February 20: What Now?”

  1. What now? If I may suggest an topic I would recommend a reconsideration of the borders of Morocco. Where does Morocco begin and where does it end? There seems to be a lot of confusion on this issue, between Morocco and its neighbors, the UN, EU and AU. And also amongst Moroccans, so-called Moroccans, and Moroccans reluctant to be so.

    What are the borders of Morocco?

  2. The censor in the Moroccan head …

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