Mali Rebel Factions Agree to End Hostilities Ahead of Sept Talks

Reuters reports from Ouagadougou that Mali rebels have agreed to end their hostilities as formal talks with the Malian government approach. Should this deal last, it could represent a major milestone for Mali’s future: Representatives of two platforms of rebel groups from northern Mali agreed on Thursday in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to end hostilities and present a united front for talks with the Malian government in Algeria in early ...

Reform Tops Morocco Parliament Agenda

Magharebia takes a look at upcoming reforms which will be debated in Morocco’s Parliament, involving such issues as elections, labor, and subsidies: The beginning of Morocco’s new parliamentary session and the resumption of labor disputes in September will be lively, according to experts. A number of items are on the government’s to-do list and need to be settled with political and trade union figures. The top item on the agenda ...

Morocco-Born Women Feature in Paris Cabinet

Al Arabiya reports on France’s new cabinet, announced by President Francois Hollande, which features two women of Moroccan descent: Two women of Moroccan origins were assigned ministerial posts in the newly formed French government announced on Tuesday evening by President Francois Hollande. Myriam El-Khomri was appointed minister of urban affairs, youth and sports while Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who was minister of women’s rights in the resigned cabinet, was given the education ...

15 Years of Wise Leadership in Morocco

Ahmed Charai of the Huffington Post tells the often overlooked story of Morocco’s progressive path to reform, facilitated by a unique political and social culture, that weathered the violent unrest that swept much of the Arab world: On August 21, Moroccans celebrated the birthday of King Mohammed VI. The occasion comes at a time of glaring contrast between the North African kingdom’s ongoing development and stability on the one hand, and ...

Ahead of 2015 Election, Morocco Debates Voting Law

With the 2015 elections around the corner, the Moroccan government and political parties discuss the merit of compulsory voting. Magharebia reports: Some Moroccan parties support the idea of requiring citizens to vote. In 2011, just 45.4% of registered voters actually appeared at polling centres to cast a ballot. Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) chief Driss Lachguer on August 4th said that Morocco needed to introduce compulsory voting. He even ...
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