Morocco is still without a government. The reason is that formation of a coalition is much more difficult than expected . As a result, Morocco is currently experiencing a difficult political situation, characterized by a general mistrust in politics and institutions, between political parties and between the latter and the power-holders (the palace and its entourage, the Makhzen).
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Protests have erupted across Morocco over the death of a fish seller. Protestors were shocked by the circumstances surrounding Fikri’s death, which was filmed on a mobile phone and posted online. An image of the lifeless victim’s head and arm protruding from the truck’s compacting mechanism went viral.
In Morocco, corruption has been back on the political agenda in the run up to the 7 October parliamentary elections. According to Amnesty International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, corruption in Morocco has fallen to the same level it was in 2009 and 2010, i.e., prior to the Arab Spring that brought the Islamists to power. As a result, people have lost faith in the more than 35 parties and voted for the pragmatic ones in the hope of seeing corruption reduced.
Hoba Hoba Spirit has attracted an increasing number of young fans. It is now one of the most popular rock acts in Morocco, frequently playing its major festivals. They are often considered a mouthpiece of the rebellious new generation in search of an identity in the face of obscurantism and Islamic radicalism that currently plagues Arab societies.
Tensions are already mounting between the main political parties. Not only do the elections constitute an evaluation of the success or failure of the constitutional reforms that Morocco adopted in 2011, but also a litmus test for the performance of the country’s first Islamist party: the Justice and Development Party (PJD).
Morocco has a long and consistent position on the Western Sahara issue. Morocco has repeatedly offered the region a plan for autonomy under the Moroccan flag and invested heavily in the territory within a framework of advanced decentralization, as a way of easing tensions and finding a solution. The rapid succession of events points to a prevailing tension and the danger of further escalation.