ISSUE BRIEF: Constitutional Reform in Morocco Five Years On

Caitlin Dearing Scott July 11, 2016 INTRODUCTION On July 1, 2011, Moroccans voted to officially consolidate nearly two decades of reform with a new Constitution designed to establish a constitutional monarchy with separation of powers; to delegate enhanced responsibilities to local and regional governments; and to strongly reinforce the multicultural, multi-religious character of Moroccan society. The Constitution set the parameters for power-sharing among the Monarchy, the Head of Government, and ...

ISSUE BRIEF: Dissecting Morocco’s Local and Regional Elections

David S. Bloom, MAC October 15, 2015 Introduction On September 4th, 2015, Morocco held historic elections that advanced the process of devolving power to the local and regional levels as mandated by the reformed Constitution of 2011. For the first time, Moroccan voters directly elected representatives to their regional councils; and now both regional and local councils will have greater independence in managing and budgeting their respective affairs. While elections ...

ISSUE BRIEF: Advancing Society through the Rights of Women: Progress and Challenges in Morocco

Caitlin Dearing Scott, MAC October 14, 2015 Introduction October 10 was National Women’s Day in Morocco, an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. There is wide consensus from Moroccan women, regional and subject-matter experts, and economists that over the past 15+ years Morocco has become a leader among Islamic countries in promoting the rights of women and gender equity. Indeed, progress in women’s rights ...
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