When tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets nationwide on March 20, their chanted demands echoed those of citizens across the Arab world: freer elections, greater civil liberties and less corruption.
Mustapha Tahiri, a cannabis farmer in northern Morocco, looks forward to the day he can sell his crop without worrying about being jailed. If lawmakers in the Islamist-led government have their way, that isn’t too far off.
Morocco will find it hard to cut subsidies as long as oil prices stay high, General Affairs and Governance Minister Najib Boulif said, even as the country comes under pressure from the International Monetary Fund.
Morocco’s main Islamist group, the Justice and Development Party, won the biggest bloc of seats, 26 percent, in parliamentary elections that will test King Mohammed VI’s commitment to shift some powers to an elected premier.
Middle East voters awaited changes of government as Morocco’s main Islamist opposition party won parliamentary elections, Egyptians prepared for their own polls tomorrow and Yemen set a date for a presidential vote.