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Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle

 Washington, Morocco News Board-- Several Moroccan Websites are reporting an imminent Cabinet shuffle in Morocco. According to a reliable online newspaper, King Mohammed VI will announce the selection of Mustapha Tarab as a new Prime Minister to replace Mr. Abbas EL-Fassi. The same source indicated that the Moroccan Monarch will replace several key ministers with some new faces while some former cabinet members will be brought back.

A new non-partisan government will be the right decision in light of the preparations for the 2012 elections. Mr. Tarrab, who is currently the CEO of the very important Moroccan Office of Phosphate (OCP), is a well respected economist who worked at the World Bank. Mr. Tarrab is known for his intelligence, integrity, humility and discipline.

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moh
0 #1 Back to the futuremoh 2011-02-24 16:59
If this happened then it would be a step backwards. The king should not appoint the gov. The king has the power to make sure we have clean elections. El Fassi should stay until new elections take place. Regardless of how bad El Fassi is his party won the most seats in the last election. I know! dirty election and very few voters, but to let the king appoint the prime minister is also a very poor choice unless he also calls for new clean and transparent elections. As I have stated before the king just needs to oversee the elections and then step aside and be king. Loved and respected.
Morocco has the basis from which it can do all this without starting over.
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Apache
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Apache 2011-02-24 21:02
Letting Abbas go is a good step though not yet confirmed. But Irreversible institutional change is what is needed in Morocco.

Policies that uphold transparency and accountability in all levels of government.

A system of checks and balances that ensures no one person or entity can have too much power to influence economic or social life in Morocco.

A justice system that is independent and predictable.

And finally an open government that serves the people and not the other way around.
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Moroccan Dude
0 #3 Too little too lateMoroccan Dude 2011-02-24 21:41
M6 can shuffle or reshuffle as many govt as he wants. The fact is, the underlying subsystem of the functioning govt is still the same and that fabric will not change without a drastic root change. People say that we have a constitutional monarchy, that's bull***t. In a true constitutional monarchy, the monarch stays the hell away from appointing cabinet members and focuses on playing golf, making more money of whatever the heck a monarch does. Please stop insulting our intelligence...
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riffi
0 #4 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle riffi 2011-02-24 22:20
Apache I second you in this analysis.I can also add changing Prime minister and assigning one from other than the majority party with more sits in the parliament is playing moubarak and the arab despots.As I said before if it happens the king will give himself a name of extreme ruler and goin 20 steps back in reform and will add more water to the windmill.
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Germelou
0 #5 CartaGermelou 2011-02-24 22:24
What we need is a new deck of cards not a shuffle. We've reshuffling since the independence. Terrab is a good choice unless his years at the OCP where, while he did a great job bringing OCP out of the woods into the 21st century, he had to get with the program and surround himself with the usual morveux kids. His marching orders and main performance metric should be job creation only. He pretty much has one year to deliver and one thing is sure: business as usual catering to ahlfass will be disastrous. We'll see what kind of opportunities are created in rif, sous, inland cities fes, meknes, marrakech ... where poverty is truly scary despite the tourism and riad driven real estate economic mirages.
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Ussef
0 #6 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Ussef 2011-02-24 22:43
@Moh: The most seats? who are you kidding? Al Istighlal has only 16% of the seats. El Fassi should never have been in charge of the government. But then there is no alternative to the actual coalition. You need 5+ parties to barely reach a majority, each at the throat of the other even without the elections coming. It's a recipe for disaster.

On the contrary, if true, it would be the right thing to do. A technocrat government to lead to the elections, which hopefully will create a more manageable house. I for one remember Jettou government(s) with fondness. They at least got some things done with much less chronism, clientelism and petty fights.
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Hicham_M
0 #7 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Hicham_M 2011-02-25 00:00
Ussef: You hit the nail... Istiqlal only got 16% and they are ruling. That is the issue people. In the seventies, Hassan II made the political parties in Morocco a joke. The way they are structured no one can get a strong majority. You have to get a coalition of 3 or more parties to form a majority.

That said, I also do not agree with the monarchy just keep picking technocrats... why do we have elections then? Instead of this whole mess we need to restructure the political parties, restructure the judicial branch, and reform the constitution to spell out exactly how the powers should be separated between the parliament and the monarchy... Also I understand that we can not change these things in one week but the government needs to share the vision with the people.

Hicham_M
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riffi
0 #8 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle riffi 2011-02-25 01:20
I am so proud to see so many great analysis in this forum. We all agree about reforms reforms......re forms asap.To know the real pulse of the Moroccan citizen is to push them to vote in masses this time in 2012. I think the next elections will be hot....in Morocco I mean the citizens will show up in great numbers to make a statement to the political parties and the king. I think now days citizens are fed up with certain political parties and their bull shit, I see them swinging toward PPS (Socialist Progress Party) and the PJD (Development and Justice Party the moderated Islamist) the two extreme and let them had at it .The citizen certain called illiterate will amaze and shock the world with their voting statement.
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PapaGeek
0 #9 What about us?PapaGeek 2011-02-25 01:26
We like to criticize the government and hold the political system responsible for our shortcomings. How about us? The people? Isn't it time we change our ways as well?

People don't even vote! We, the Moroccan people have been contributing heavily to our beloved country's failures.
It takes two to tango, we have been dancing to the tunes of corruption far too long.

We need reform in ALL facets of Morocco. Political reform is obviously necessary but it will only go so far if we the people don't make a conscious decision to CHANGE.
The majority of Moroccans have no interest in understanding how the system works, yet we complain and demand major reform. How can a group of people (Mouvement 20 FĂ©vrier) ask the king to appoint a new cabinet AND change his role to a non-ruling monarch AT THE SAME TIME?

Time for change has come! All Moroccans, citizens and government officials should work hand in hand to bring about this change. We should all have ONE goal, and that is to move our country forward. The government should provide an adequate environment where citizens can thrive and citizens on the other hand should push and encourage the government to get their work done.

The weekend is upon us with protests around the corner, we'll see how bad the situation will get. With all the reports and videos on the net of activists being beaten and jailed, I am afraid we're heading in the wrong direction; chaos.

Your Majesty Mohamed VI,
Please open the door for dialog NOW!
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Ussef
0 #10 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Ussef 2011-02-25 01:55
@Hicham: yeah but how would you "restructure" political parties? If they don't get along and merge, they just don't. That's pluralism. It's up only to the voters, to vote massively for three or four parties and eliminate the rest. The only tentative way I see is a two rounds voting system, and even that doesn't guarantee much.

We focus too much on constitutional change. The reality is that the press, the politicians, they don't use the space and leeway they already have. In fact they misuse it. Nor that it's not important or needed to upgrade the constitution, it's just the dilemma of saying someone is incompetent then advocating for giving him more power. And let's not kid ourselves, the Fassi and company aren't going anywhere in the foreseeable future. Fresh blood and new faces are needed, but no one is coming forward...
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Apache
0 #11 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Apache 2011-02-25 03:41
On the voting cards, there needs to be a option that reads "None of the above"

I bet "None of the above" choice will overwhelmingly win the elections :-)
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Karim66
0 #12 Same old Games Same old ResultsKarim66 2011-02-25 06:19
M6 needs to stop insulting his citizens with these non-sense actions, ongoing government's reshuffle. M6 needs to comprehend that the problem is in not going to away by changing persons from positions to positions. M6's messages, which have no substance, are predictable and can only be useful in the era of the 20th century. M6 seems to come across as above reproach and smarter than all Moroccans. As mentioned in one of the comments here, so why does Morocco have all these political parties if M6 makes all the major decisions on every government position and program. Last time I checked this type of this Emperor-era ruling became a part of the old history (Pre-19th century era).
I urge M6 to be ahead of this Tsunami wave of protests currently hitting the dormant Arab region with its inept & corrupt regimes. M6 should act now in implementing concrete and real changes in every aspect of Morocco's economic, political, and social fibers. M6 and his royal family should follow the examples of the Monarchies in Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, and Scandinavian countries. These countries are all thriving economically, socially and politically, and their respective populations adore and respect their non-ruling Monarchies.
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Hicham_M
0 #13 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Hicham_M 2011-02-25 08:26
@Ussef restructuring the political parties is needed. We have some parties that do not have any notions of democracy. The last elections they had was 20 years ago. That's why we have some party leaders that stay in their positions for life. They need to limit party leaders to a limited terms. Now all that need to be in the constitution. I think re-looking the constitution is imminent. The monarchy has all powers now: The King is not obligated to choose a prime minister from the winning party, The King can appoint any minister, The King is over the Judicial branch, The King can de-solve the parliament at any moment...ect Don't get me wrong, like the majority of the Moroccans, I respect M6. He is a good man but we need to look at the future. What if 50 years from now, we wouldn't be as lucky (to have a good King). Having the power concentrated in one area also breeds corruption. We start having clans (Iike the Fassi Fihris)... Clans that think they have a "carte blanche" since they were appointed by the King, including placing their 24 years old kids in positions that normally takes 10 or 20 years to get to.

I am also in favor in including Tamazight as an official language in Morocco besides Arabic in the next constitution.

I respect the 20 Feb. movement since without them this debate in the country wouldn't take place.

Cheers,
Hicham
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Ussef
0 #14 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Ussef 2011-02-25 09:31
@Hicham: The idea of having parties apply a minimum of democracy or being fined, even dissolved is great. I'm not sure if that's feasible, or legal, though. Any other ideas?

For the rest, I agree with you all along. I think we are fortunate to have a good and competent king, other differ, but that's a matter of opinion. But a king is but a man after all, subject to sickness and death. If only for that reason, power should be split more evenly to balance the risk. What I'm not comfortable with is the urgency. For me the constitution is not on top of the to do list. There is more urgent stuff.
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Karim Addoukkali
0 #15 Morocco is like a carKarim Addoukkali 2011-02-26 07:35
During the last 50 years these guys notice from one time to the next the decide to clean the car. The cleaning of the car is almost a ceremony and everyone is happy to see how shining is the car. They do not pay attention to the most important part of the car which is the engine. They do not want to lesson to those telling them that the engine is almost not working, each time they spend time cleaning the outside like this time a cleaner from the OCP is supposed to bring a new phosphate based detergent to clean the car. Sir, in the case of Morocco the engine has very old part and can not be adapted to modern mechanics. You need a new engine. a new system with a new dynamic with sensors which can watch how each component is working. The sensor may give you an alarm signal in adavance a part of the engine which need to be fixed so the car can move to bring you to your goal.I am sure if the engine is working, the car is moving many people would love to clean the car. However a self-cleaning process will take place and not only that a self-healing. Please a new constitution which determine clearly who is responsable for what.
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Hicham_M
0 #16 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Morocco: Imminent Cabinet Shuffle Hicham_M 2011-02-28 07:09
@Ussef Sure you can prohibit political parties from participating if they are not democratic. We just need to have a structure in the constitution that would define the rules. I agree with you that the King is a good man but he does need to step up to avoid chaos. The Makhzen system was implemented by Almoravides and it is getting close to its expiration date. In this age people want accountability, separation of powers, and corruption free country. The way the current system is structured did not prove effective in meeting those expectations.

In my opinion, you can not dismiss or delay "restructuring the political game" and classify it as a "non urgent matter". Unfortunately, what every ruler in the region failed to realize that political reforms and economical reforms need to be implemented in parallel. If you dismiss any of them, you'll end up answering for it.

Cheers,
Hicham
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Laumbert
0 #17 Nothing is wrong about a new change, but a change from what to what ?Laumbert 2011-03-01 04:00
Ask for the change in very creative ways not by burning tires or throwing rocks.

To the leaders :

Do not fight the change, embrace it . instead of beating the protesters give them water or food .

Remember the more you fight the winds of the change, the quicker you will colapse.

Please visit

http://openeconomicunion.blogspot.com
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