Washington, DC (December 6, 2011) — On Thursday, an expert panel will offer their insights on the challenges and opportunities facing Morocco after its recent parliamentary elections. Specifically, how were the elections conducted? What were the results and what do they mean? What are the likely outcomes of forming a coalition government and implementing reform under the new Constitution? What are the implications for the region and for US policy?
The roundtable will take place on:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at
1777 F Street, NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 20006
Dr. Anouar Boukhars, Asst. Professor of Political Science & International Studies, McDaniel College
Edward M. Gabriel, former US Ambassador to Morocco
Lahcen Haddad, Recently Re-Elected Member of Parliament for the Popular Movement (MP)
Robert Holley, Executive Director, Moroccan American Center for Policy
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On November 25, millions of Moroccans went to the polls to elect the first Parliament under the new Constitution ratified on July 1. The Justice and Development Party (PJD), the moderate Islamic party, will have the largest presence in the new Parliament with 107 of the 395 seats. His Majesty King Mohammed VI has appointed Abdelilah Benkirane, leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), as Prime Minister and asked the PJD to form the new governing coalition, a process that is now underway. Over the past two decades, Morocco has demonstrated its commitment to democratic reforms. Nevertheless, questions remain about how they will be implemented and what this election and its results mean for Morocco’s political future.
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