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A protest repressed , a journalist beaten , an artist detained , a newspaper censored , and an activist tortured . Sixteen months after what was hailed as a “landmark” constitutional referendum, and exactly one year after a new government was elected, like a broken record, headlines from Morocco continue to repeat themselves. When the announcement for the 25 November 2011 parliamentary elections was made, the February 20 th Movement and its supporters quickly agreed to boycott––a decision rooted in the prediction that the elections would bring about no real change.
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Security guards attempt to disperse protesters in front of the Moroccan parliament in Rabat in January 2011. Photograph: Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images There are cautionary tales in the Arab uprisings, as Syria has shown: not every revolution can be as successful as Tunisia's, not every aftermath is rosy.
An interesting item at Angry Arab — Aljazeera and Morocco :
On the one-year anniversary of the February 20 protest movement in Morocco, (henceforth referred to as Feb. 20), the kingdom boasts relatively meager political progress. Despite the much-vaunted reforms and constitutional changes, Morocco has reinvigorated its state edifice, managed to outmaneuver an inexperienced Feb. 20 protest movement, and engaged in a crackdown on freedom of the press and speech.
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Less than a block from the seventeenth-century walls that surround Rabat’s medina (old city) is the Association Tamaynut.
The recent parliamentary elections in Morocco have led to the creation of the first ever elected Islamist government in Morocco’s history.
After Tunisia's historic election, it is now Morocco's turn to gear up for early polls and try to replicate that dramatic achievement in democracy. Such a feat will naturally be hard to pull off in Morocco where the population is not as motivated to vote as it was in Tunisia. Pluralities are still skeptical that the election will bring change they can believe in.
Several weeks have passed since Morocco’s most recent parliamentary elections. These yielded a victory for the Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD), whose leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, has been appointed as prime minister (or, as the recent constitution dictates, “Chief of Government”). Benkirane’s first task is to form a new government in conjunction with the Istiqlal Party, the Popular Movement, and the Party of Progress and Socialism, who together comprise a ruling coalition.
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