25 February 2013

Morocco: Review of Feb. 25 Editorials

Rabat   — The submission of the government's legislative plan to Parliament, the dynamics of the Moroccan diplomacy in Africa and the crises experienced by certain political parties are the main topics addressed by the editorials of the daily press issued on Monday.

Bayan Al Yaoum writes that the legislative plan requires all components of the legislative institution, majority and opposition alike, to engage in a wise and serious debate on all legal texts submitted, to work for their promulgation and to avoid procrastination and all kinds of fruitless discussions.

The editorial insists that the political class is called upon to fully shoulder its responsibility for the completion of the new stage initiated by Morocco with the adoption of the Constitution of July 1, 2011, adding that it must seize this opportunity to strengthen the foundations of the building of the democratic, political and societal set-up in accordance with the Basic Law.

Under the title "the African diplomacy", Le Soir Echos writes that "since clairvoyance shifter to economic diplomacy over military diplomacy, things have become clearer: the promotion of trade, the abolition of administrative borders and the facilitation of travels are ingredients that realise the productivity and growth of a potentially rich continent."

In this regard, it continues, "Morocco's attendance as an observer at the next meeting of ECOWAS in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire, Wednesday, the holding of the 28th session of the intergovernmental expert committee for North Africa in Rabat to promote the structural transformation of economies, Tuesday, and the publication of the trade figure between Algeria and the Arab world, which shows that Morocco ranks first as client, despite the diplomatic stalemate that persists between the two countries, are all indicators of this shift where the need to live together prevails over the imposed balances."

"Senegal's decision to open new embassies in Togo and Equatorial Guinea, where Moroccan minister delegate for foreign affairs reiterated the importance of Africa to the Kingdom, is also one more component to the setting up of a crucial regional approach, all the more so as the countries of the area offer a complementary facilitating regional approaches," it says.

Under the title "bad loser or false winner?" Aujourd'hui le Maroc writes that "two of Moroccan largest political parties are experiencing real internal crises since the holding of their latest congresses and the advent of new leaders at their helm."

"In the Istiqlal, a lawsuit is currently pending over the validity of the election of the new Secretary General. The USFP, too, experiences a standoff since the unsuccessful candidate accuses external forces of weighing in favour of his rival at the last congress," the editorial says, wondering why succession in Moroccan political parties often takes place in pain today.

It stresses that in light of these internal wars, public opinion no longer knows the bad loser who lacks fair play, by refusing to admit defeat, and the false winner who violates rules to achieve his purpose.

"In both cases, the image and especially the credibility of the party are the biggest losers," it concludes.

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