The 2021 election … the controversy over the “marriage of money and power” is renewed in Morocco

Rabat / Anatolia

Political analyst:The experiences that the Arab world has undergone since the movement show that there is a real danger behind the combination of wealth and power
academic:It’s hard to talk about a tendency to separate power from money, and there are no laws restricting this marriage.

In conjunction with Morocco’s preparations to hold legislative and municipal elections on September 8, the conversation about the “marriage of money and power” is renewed, creating voices calling for a separation between them.

Analysts believed that the debate on the issue of collecting money and power could lead to transformations that could pave the way for the adoption of measures to disconnect between them.

On the eve of the start of the election campaign, the Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party (currently leading the governing coalition), Saad Eddine El Othmani, called for honorable elections for the country and criticized the “election money”.

On August 25, Prime Minister El Othmani said in a television program that his party wanted elections that “would honor Morocco, not the money we see now declining.”

** A real danger

In this regard, the Moroccan political analyst Bilal Talidi believes that “the experiences that the Arab world has gone through, since the movement (the Arab Spring revolutions) until today, show that there is a real danger behind the combination of wealth and power . ”

Al-Talidi told Anatolia: “Power is the main gateway to wealth, and if the authoritarian elite invests the powers that the law has given them, and abuses the law to expand wealth, it will narrow the scope of wealth distribution. “

And he continues: “We will face a new equation, which instead of the government being the framework of government that intervenes to achieve social balance when the possessive elite transgresses against the elite who do not own”, the authority will be the tyrant.

He explains: “The equation will change, and the one who possesses the power will become the (dominant) financial and authoritarian, and then society will lack a reliable mediator who can intervene to bring about social balance.”

Al-Talidi added, “Changing the equation will lead to a very dangerous congestion, according to which all social mediation systems will not be able to manage it because they have entered into relationships with the government.”

The Moroccan political analyst concludes: “We can expect the rise of rebellious elites who will not be disciplined by any constitutional or legal deterrent.”

Yazid: “This is the real danger that threatens the Arab world, its indicators have started the movement, and it may return worse in the future.”

** Possibility to divorce

According to political expert Mohamed Choucair, “it is very difficult to talk about a tendency to separate power from money in Morocco, given a political practice that is largely linked to the side of money.”

Choucair told Anadolu Agency: “A number of political party leaders and ministers combine wealth and power, and they have great wealth and financial capabilities. They work mainly to ensure the development of their wealth through political participation.”

He adds, “In the Moroccan political system the issue exists, and it is very difficult to work to reduce it.”

And he added: “There are no laws in Morocco that restrict the marriage from money to power, and therefore it is difficult to say the possibility of separation, or even control of the marriage between them.”

The slogan of the separation between power and money emerged in the context of the transformation that took place after the movement of 20 February 2011 (the Moroccan version of the Arab Spring), but the discussion continued from time to time about it.

** The battle with the “Petrona”

And last February, the debate over the marriage of money and power returned violently, after the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (the Association of Business Owners known for its acronym Patrona) approved an amendment to its basic law.

The aforementioned amendment “prevents the combination of accepting leadership responsibilities in the professional union, and being in a party’s decision-making and executive body.”

Media reports said that what the “patrona” was doing was mainly political and directed against a specific party.

At the time, the opposition Istiqlal party warned against “enticing the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises to wage political wars by proxy for a particular party,” referring to the National Rally of Independents (participating in the governing coalition and led by businessman and Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch).

The Independence Party criticized what he described as “the details of the (patronage) laws to serve political purposes related to the elections.”

He warned against “the danger of an alliance of money and politics in Parliament, of passing amendments to laws, of serving the special interests of some specific companies.”

He added, “The alliance of money and politics is contrary to the principles of the constitution, which provide for equality and free and honorable competition.”

On the face of it, a conflict arose between the Istiqlal Party and “The Patrona”, following the ratification of a draft organizational law relating to the House of Councilors (the second chamber of parliament), which was aimed at to combat political migration and the independence of the parliamentary group of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises.

For the first time in the history of Morocco, the “Justice and Development” (Islamist) leads the government for two terms, after winning the 2011 and 2016 elections, and is preparing to run in the next elections in September 2021. thing.

The last legislative elections were held in Morocco in 2016, in which the “Justice and Development” ranked first (125 seats in Parliament out of 395), while the “Authenticity and Modernity” came second (102 seats), and “Al- Istiqlal “. “third (46 seats), then The National Rally of Independents fourth (37 seats).

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