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Who Does the King Speak for? Executive Power, the Executors and Protests in Morocco

AuthorsDesrues, Thierry
Keywordsroyal speeches
Civil Disobedience
protest movement
Issue Date2019
PublisherEuropean Institute of The Mediterranean
CitationIEMed Mediterranean Yearbooks 2019: 192- 196 (2019)
AbstractOn 30 July 2018, Mohammed VI chose the city of Alhucemas to pronounce his annual Feast of the Throne speech. The choice of location for the event had great political significance: the King was turn-ing the page on the protest movement that for months had shaken the city, the force of the law was still being brought against the rebels and he appealed to patriotic unity to garner support for the development projects aimed at resolving the ¿so-cial question.¿ Looking beyond royal speeches, Moroccan political life has continued its course, marked by the following events: 1) the controver-sies caused by statements made by the former President and Islamist leader of the Justice and De-velopment Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane, who the King sacked in March 2017 for refusing to lead a government coalition formed, at the request of the Palace, by his staunchest opponents; 2) the debates surrounding a series of pledged legal re-forms, some of which have been pending since the ratification of the Constitution in 2011; and 3) last-ly, protest movements of varying natures, such as the consumer boycott, which, having a large de-gree of anonymity, reduces the risk of participants being subjected to repression at the hands of se-curity forces.
Identifiersissn: 1698-3068
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