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Francophone Morocco: On Faith, On Politics

With both the September 7 parliamentary elections and Ramadan looming on the horizon, it seems that faith and politics – which are known to intertwine – are of utmost importance to Moroccan bloggers. We'll start off this week with a post from L'incroyable Connerie d'un Fhamator (fr) entitled “Profession de foi” (“Profession of faith”):

Je suis né au Maroc, j’ai vécu au Maroc, j’ai fait mes études au Maroc, j’ai travaillé au Maroc, personne ne peut se prétendre plus marocain que je ne le suis. Personne ne peut m’enlever ma marocanité même pas moi-même, et pourtant j’ai envie de fuir…

I was born in Morocco, I lived in Morocco, I studied in Morocco, I worked in Morocco, no one can pretend to be more Moroccan than I am. Nobody can remove my “Moroccan-ness,” not even me, and yet I want to flee…

The blogger then goes on to describe her many wishes. Here is one:

J’ai envie de vivre dans une société mixte, homme pour femme, femme pour homme, dans une superbe égalité arithmétique que Dieu a créé et que certains essaient de travestir.

I want to live in mixed company, man for woman, woman for man, in a superb arithmetic equality that God created and that some try to disguise.

citoyenhmida (fr) espoused upon a similar theme, discussing the concept of Islamic democracy, and saying:

Des pans entiers de l'activité sociale dans les pays arabes subissent inexorablement les assauts répétés et parfois victorieux de la pensée islamique radicale, ou du moins donnant l'illusion d'une victoire inévitable!

Entire portions of the social activity in the Arab countries unrelentingly undergo repeated and sometimes victorious attacks of radical Islamic thought, or at least give the illusion of an inevitable victory.

Elections poster 2007 Morocco

Larbi (fr) analyzed the results of a voter survey, and found that the PJD (Parti de la justice et du développement) had the most potential voters:

Il n’est pas, à priori, un vote d’adhésion, il a tout d’un vote contestataire alimenté par un profond malaise social. Seul grand parti d’opposition parlementaire, le PJD ne fait que récolter les voix des déçus de la politique de l’Etat sanctionnant ainsi les partis de l’actuelle coalition nonobstant leur part réelle dans les prises de décisions. Mais il y a un autre aspect à considérer : lors des élections les plus récentes, nombre de pays musulmans ont connu des poussées fortes de partis islamistes. Cette dynamique a de belles années devant elle, dans un contexte international tendu et dans des pays où les prédicateurs religieux des chaînes satellitaires sont plus écoutés, plus crus et plus populaires que les intellectuels et les hommes politiques locaux et mènent de fait une campagne électorale permanente. La théologie, l’éducation religieuse de son prochain et l’injustice du nouvel ordre mondial comme programme politique, c’est limite insultant pour l’intelligence des électeurs mais électoralement parlant c’est de la « bonne guerre ».

It is not, at first sight, a “yes” vote, it has every symptom of a vote of protest fed by a deep social malaise. The only major opposition party in parliament, the PJD, does nothing but harvest voices disappointed by State policy, thus sanctioning the parties of the current coalition despite their real role in decision-making. But there is another aspect to consider: at the time of the most recent elections, a number of Muslim countries felt a strong push from Islamist parties. This dynamic has a beautiful future ahead of it in a strained international context, and in countries where religious preachers on satellite channels are more listened to, more believed and more popular than the local intellectuals and politicians and carry out, in fact, a permanent election campaign. Theology, religious education of its neighbor and the injustice of the new world order is like a political program, it is an insult to the intelligence of the voters but electorally speaking it is a “good war.”

Les Politiquonautes Marocains (fr) discussed votership as well:

Les Électeurs eux sont toujours aussi déconnectés… en témoigne le flop de la dernière campagne des révisions des listes électorales … qui n'a pas réussi à convaincre plus du tiers des jeunes nouvellement autorise à voter en septembre. Espérer faire mieux qu'en 2002 …

The voters are always disconnected… the failure of the last elections proves that the list of voters must be reviewed … which did not succeed recently to convince more than a third of the young people to become authorized to vote in September. We hope to do better than in 2002…

But if anyone says that young Moroccans are apathetic when it comes to politics, someone will prove them wrong. Label ASH (fr) does so in discussing the Western Sahara:

Le Sahara était, est et sera TOUJOURS MAROCAIN, sans partage, ne vous en déplaise, notre voisin de l'Est aussi.
Patriote et objectif, oui, ça vous gêne? Tant mieux!
La solution d'un statut à large autonomie, très similaire à celui de la Catalogne en Espagne, est déjà un gage d'ouverture et de consensus plus que louable.

Gentlemen, it ‘s Morocco's way, or the highway, there is no other way.

The Sahara was, and will ALWAYS BE MOROCCAN, without division, this should not displease you, nor our neighbor to the East.
Patriotic and objective, yes, does that bother you? All the better!
The solution of a statute with broad autonomy, very similar to that of Catalonia in Spain, has already testimony of the opening and consensus that is more worthy of praise.Gentlemen, it's Morocco's way, or the highway, there is no other way.

Finally, Jeunes Intellectuels Marocains (fr) informs us that Driss Jettou, Morocco's current prime minister, is not a candidate for the next elections:

Driss Jettou n’est pas «intéressé» par une candidature aux prochaines élections et moins par l’adhésion à un parti politique. C’est ce qu’il a affirmé, mardi soir, à la presse. Le Premier ministre a estimé que Sa Majesté le Roi lui avait confié une mission à caractère socioéconomique et que cela serait «trahir» la confiance royale que de «rallier un parti politique»

Driss Jettou “is not interested” in being a candidate for the next elections and even less in belonging to a political party. He assumed that His Majesty the King had entrusted a mission of socio-economic matters to him and that it would “betray” the royal confidence to “rejoin a political party.”

Photo of a poster encouraging Moroccans to vote (Fez, Morocco) by Jillian York

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