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His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco

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Published by Global News Agency
August 20, 2011 (MAP)
Here follows the full text of the Royal speech;
Praise be to God
May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin.
Dear Citizens,
Our celebration, today, of the fifty-eighth anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People is characterized by your endorsement of an advanced Constitution, which opens up promising democratic prospects for completing the construction of a modern state based on institutions and the rule of law.
The new Constitution lays the groundwork for extensive regionalization, and this marks a turning point in our history. It seeks to achieve the modernization and rationalization of state institutions through the adoption of fundamental reforms based on good local governance. These reforms are meant to boost integrated development, enhance social justice and ensure a dignified life for all Moroccans.
Our greatest asset, in this respect, is the creativity and dynamism of our
August 20, 2011 (MAP)
Here follows the full text of the Royal speech;
Praise be to God
May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin.
Dear Citizens,
Our celebration, today, of the fifty-eighth anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People is characterized by your endorsement of an advanced Constitution, which opens up promising democratic prospects for completing the construction of a modern state based on institutions and the rule of law.
The new Constitution lays the groundwork for extensive regionalization, and this marks a turning point in our history. It seeks to achieve the modernization and rationalization of state institutions through the adoption of fundamental reforms based on good local governance. These reforms are meant to boost integrated development, enhance social justice and ensure a dignified life for all Moroccans.
Our greatest asset, in this respect, is the creativity and dynamism of our

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His Majesty King Mohammed VI
 ةلجكلاسدلاحم
 
Commander of the Faithful
اريمنيمؤملا
 
August 20, 2011 (MAP)Here follows the full text of the Royal speech;Praise be to GodMay peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin.Dear Citizens,Our celebration, today, of the fifty-eighth anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People ischaracterized by your endorsement of an advanced Constitution, which opens up promisingdemocratic prospects for completing the construction of a modern state based on institutions andthe rule of law.The new Constitution lays the groundwork for extensive regionalization, and this marks a turningpoint in our history. It seeks to achieve the modernization and rationalization of state institutionsthrough the adoption of fundamental reforms based on good local governance. These reforms aremeant to boost integrated development, enhance social justice and ensure a dignified life for allMoroccans.Our greatest asset, in this respect, is the creativity and dynamism of our youth, whom we arecelebrating today. Indeed, our young people are fully qualified to hold aloft the torch of the epicevent of 20 August, as part of a distinctive, purely Moroccan approach in which they can fully rise tothe challenges faced, in keeping with the unshakable relationship between the people and the
nation’s First Servant, as well as the enduring spirit of the Revolution of the King and the People.
 I consider the optimal implementation of the new Constitution to be the gateway to political actionaimed at promoting development and shoring up confidence as well as collective commitment tothe rule of law. It is the proper way to stimulate the economy and to foster productive investment
 
 which can help our citizens
 –
particularly deprived segments of our population
 –
enjoy a free,dignified life.This is the greatest challenge of all. We must all strive doubly hard to rise to that challenge throughinstitutions that serve as the driving force for democracy and development.At the current political juncture, the main concern should not be to simply view the upcomingelections as a legitimate opportunity to win the most seats; the real challenge is to achieve aqualitative leap and turn elections into a national campaign for the choice of the best programs andthe most competent elites. The aim is to ensure the actual implementation of the Constitution getsoff to a good start, and to generate strong momentum as our country stands on the verge of acrucial political transition.Increasing trust and confidence in the forthcoming elections does not end with the consensus ongood preparatory measures. In fact, all political actors ought to commit to a clear vision in order toenhance the credibility of elections and avoid issuing preconceived judgements on results evenbefore elections are held, and casting doubt on the integrity of elections for narrow politicalconsiderations, which only serve the enemies of democracy and the proponents of scepticism andnihilism.This means the
nation’s stakeholders –
the government, parliament, political parties, the citizens,civil society and the media
 –
face a real test. They have a historic responsibility to shoulder; they
have to make the nation’s best interests prevail over all other cons
iderations.In this regard, the government departments and the judicial authorities concerned with organizingthe elections must strictly comply with the law, apply the mechanisms for political andparliamentary integrity, provide for the conditions of free electoral competition, deal with politicalparties on an equal footing and observe a policy of positive neutrality.They must firmly address all violations, combat the illicit use of money and vote-buying which spoilelections, and fight against the abus
e of power as well as the devious use of religion and the nation’s
sacred values for electoral purposes.Needless to say, party activism and electoral campaigns require fair, transparent financing, which isdetermined by the law; and it is the law which punishes any breach of those rules and regulations.
 
 Whatever the quality of the legislative framework or the resolve of the government departments,the role given to political parties by the new Constitution is crucial in terms of ensuring electoralintegrity and preserving the sanctity of institutions.Political parties are therefore expected to compete in developing creative, realistic election
platforms which meet our citizens’ real concerns they are also called upon to recommend qualified
candidates who are able to live up to legislative and executive responsibility, whether they are in theGovernment or in the Opposition.Parties should also encourage the participation of women and young people in order to havecompetent elites and to inject new blood into political life and constitutional institutions.Given the extensive powers afforded to local councils by the local democracy approach, I thinkpolitical life in our country
 –
in terms of both philosophy and practice
 –
is about to witness afundamental change which involves more than just government posts and seats in parliament.Indeed, vast prospects will be opened up through the election of thousands of regional, provincialand local councillors. Regional, provincial and local councils are basic institutions for forming eliteswho will run public affairs.To highlight the noble essence of political commitment, political stakeholders have to view theelectoral mandate as more than just a concern for seats on central, local or regional councils, givent
he possibility they offer of being close to the citizens’ legitimate concerns and basic needs.
 To voters who, by voting freely, help express the will of the people, I want to say this: By taking partin the ballot, you are doing more than merely exercising a personal right.You are delegating, to whomever you vote for, the power to manage public affairs on your behalf.This makes it incumbent upon you to realize the particular importance of voting, a right whichshould not be subjected to any kind of manipulation. You should display a sense of national duty asyou choose realistic programs and vote for honest, qualified candidates.To candidates, I want to say this: Now is the time to do away with the shameful electoral practiceswhich, in the past, weakened the credibility of elected councils and undermined the noble essenceof political action.Whoever intends to stand for the upcoming elections must bear in mind that the Constitutionestablishes a clear link between the exercise of power and accountability.

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