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Moderate Islamist Party Winning Morocco Election

Moderate Islamist Party Winning Morocco Election | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Justice and Development Party won a plurality of the vote, requiring the king to choose a prime minister from the party and giving it the right to lead a coalition government.
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Why has Morocco’s king survived the Arab Spring?

Why has Morocco’s king survived the Arab Spring? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Morocco's monarchical system has drawn on its religious legitimacy and a discourse of reform as it tries to negotiate its way through the Arab Spring, as Aidan Lewis reports.
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Moroccan pro-democracy movement calls for boycott of November parliamentary elections

RABAT, Morocco — Thousands of Moroccans have demonstrated in dozens of cities and towns across the country calling for a boycott of next month’s parliamentary elections.
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Moroccans mosque imams protest tight government controls on preaching

Moroccans mosque imams protest tight government controls on preaching | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RABAT, Morocco — Dozens of preachers from mosques across Morocco protested Monday in the capital over tight controls on their preaching, the first time such a demonstration has been allowed to go forward.
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Moroccan protesters reject king's draft constitution

Moroccan protesters reject king's draft constitution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of Moroccans held a peaceful demonstration nationwide Sunday, calling for a radical overhaul of the country's governance before a new constitution is unveiled in June by King Mohammed VI.
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Moroccans march for freedom, and against the royal grip on country's economy

Moroccans march for freedom, and against the royal grip on country's economy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Moroccans are angry that an investment fund run by King Mohammed VI and his advisers dominates the economy, with stakes in banking, insurance, steel, building materials, dairy produce, sugar and cooking-oil companies.
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AFP: Thousands rally in call for Morocco reforms

AFP: Thousands rally in call for Morocco reforms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RABAT — Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated Sunday in Casablanca, Rabat and other cities calling for more democracy and social justice despite recent promises of deep political reform.
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Thousands Across Morocco Demand Political Reforms

Thousands Across Morocco Demand Political Reforms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The protests take place despite a pledge made by the country’s king to undertake political reforms that include giving more power to parliament.
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Amnesty calls for calm in Morocco

Amnesty calls for calm in Morocco | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Moroccan authorities are called on to respect the right to peaceful demonstrations ahead of planned weekend protests, Amnesty International said Friday.
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Riot in Morocco's phosphates city over jobs

Riot in Morocco's phosphates city over jobs | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RABAT (Reuters) - Jobless protesters rioted at the offices of state-run phosphate monopoly OCP in the central city of Khouribga, injuring about 10 members of Morocco's security forces, the official MAP
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Morocco election: PJD declares victory after early counting

Morocco election: PJD declares victory after early counting | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Justice and Development party hopes to lead first new Moroccan government since Arab Spring...
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US says encouraging Morocco to implement reforms

(Reuters) - The United Sates said on Monday it was encouraging staunch ally Morocco to quickly implement reforms proposed by the Arab world's longest-serving dynasty.
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Morocco continues attacks on Western Sahara’s population – Newstime Africa

Morocco’s Human Rights record in occupied Western Sahara has always been poor. But since the peaceful protest by ten of thousands of Saharawis (Western Sahara’s indigenous population) near El Aaiun in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara in October last year– the so-called Gdeim Izik protest camp that was the largest ever protest in the occupied territories – this record is becoming increasingly poor.

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Morocco announces pay hikes for imams

Morocco announces pay hikes for imams | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A salary increase for imams aims to curb the spread of fundamentalist ideas in Moroccan mosques.
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Moroccan youth to rally against corruption

Moroccan youth to rally against corruption | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Morocco's Facebook youth movement Fevrier 20 has called on civil society groups the length of the country to participate in a nationwide demonstration Sunday.
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Moroccan teachers to strike after violent protests

RABAT (Reuters) - Teachers in Morocco will stage a two-day nationwide strike starting on Tuesday after two recent demonstrations for better benefits ended in violence, union officials said on Monday
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Thousands in Morocco march for rights, end to graft

RABAT | Sun Mar 20, 2011 "We want an end to the corruption you find everywhere," said Dalila, a woman dressed in Western clothes. Some protesters carried brooms as they chanted "We want an end to corruption." A few people carried cardboard "F"s, a reference to the Internet site Facebook which has played an important role in helping organising anti-government protests.
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Avoid anti-protestor violence, Amnesty tells Rabat

Avoid anti-protestor violence, Amnesty tells Rabat | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RABAT, March 18 (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Friday urged Moroccan security forces to avoid using violence during nationwide protests to demand more democracy scheduled for Sunday.
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Will Morocco’s King Deliver on Reforms?

Will Morocco’s King Deliver on Reforms? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
King Mohammed VI’s March 9 pledge to sponsor broad constitutional reforms following moderately-sized protests on February 20 distinguishes him from other leaders in the region, most of whom have offered too little in terms of reforms and offered them too late in the process of uprisings to make a difference.
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