Morocco's new constitution and the Western Sahara conflict – a missed opportunity?

Morocco's new constitution and the Western Sahara conflict – a missed opportunity?

Author: 
Theofilopoulou, Anna
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
Record type: 
Journal Title: 
The Journal of North African Studies
Source: 
Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, September 2012, pp. 687-696
Abstract: 

Morocco's new constitution of July 2011 brought very little change and hardly touches on the King's privileges. It continues with the same autocratic system of patronage and clientelism, long associated with those close to the King, ignoring what had been requested by the protesters in Morocco and promised by the King. The revised constitution and subsequent formation of the new government after the elections of November 2011, was a missed opportunity to move Morocco towards real democracy and to address some of the country's development needs. The precipitous move by King Mohammed VI and his entourage to have a new constitution quickly drafted and approved follows the same lack of long-term strategy, which has not served Morocco and its people well in either internal or external matters, including the Western Sahara conflict. This article outlines Morocco's actions in revising its constitution and forming a new government in response to protests and those in handling the Western Sahara conflict. It argues that real democracy in Morocco and the Western Sahara could help both the Kingdom and its adversaries in resolving the conflict.

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CITATION: Theofilopoulou, Anna. Morocco's new constitution and the Western Sahara conflict – a missed opportunity? . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, September 2012, pp. 687-696 - Available at: http://library.au.int/moroccos-new-constitution-and-western-sahara-conflict-–-missed-opportunity-3