20 August 2012

Morocco: HM the King Keen to Ensure Implementation of Constitution Provisions Granting Expats Right to Play Part in Nation's Future

Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI is keen to ensure full implementation of the provisions of the Constitution, which grants Moroccans living abroad the right to play as large a part as possible in the shaping of the nation's future and to be represented in the supervisory bodies of the forthcoming institutions and to play an active role in their work.

In a speech Monday to the Nation, on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, HM the King said he will continue to support expatriates' efforts to achieve integration in the host countries. "To this end, we shall work jointly with the authorities concerned in these countries to ensure that foreign residents enjoy and exercise voting rights in local elections, on the basis of reciprocity."

The sovereign reaffirmed his steadfast will "to carry on along the same path and continue our endeavor to protect your identity and your rights, and to further your interests, especially in the context of the economic crisis in Europe."

The monarch said that the strong attachment of young fellow citizens living abroad to their country shows how firmly they believe in the basic policies adopted and the major development projects launched.

"I am sure you are aware that whenever I launch a thorough, structural reform, I always put Moroccan citizens living abroad at the heart of our concerns and of our plans for the future," HM the King said, stressing that they spare no effort to maintain the strongest possible ties with their country of origin, defend national causes, contribute to the country's development and promote its relations with the country of residence.

"This special relationship is no mere coincidence. It is a relationship that has been forged over many long years of hard work and mutual sacrifice," the monarch underlined.

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