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Morocco’s continued commitment to promote democracy

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Morocco’s continued commitment to promote democracy

For Morocco, resilience and democracy go hand in hand

PRETORIA, South Africa, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, reiterated Morocco’s continued commitment to promote democracy and strengthen its resilience.

Speaking at the 10th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies, held virtually on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Bourita stressed that Morocco, “as a partner of this Community, remains committed to promote democracy and strengthen its resilience, while supporting adherence to common democratic values, human rights and the rule of law, as set out in the Warsaw Declaration ”.

“Under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Morocco itself is actively engaged in a solid process of democratization, within the framework of the Kingdom’s long trajectory of reforms,” he said.

In this regard, the Minister underlined the adoption this year of the New Development Model which aims to realize the full potential of the country, with the ambition to anchor democracy to allow citizens to take charge of their lives and their future. in an “open, diverse, fair and equitable society”.

“For Morocco, resilience and democracy go hand in hand. Indeed, the reforms implemented by HM the King continued, despite the pandemic crisis, ”declared Mr. Bourita, explaining that these reforms were reinforced by bold initiatives such as the launch of the generalized social security system.

He also added, “and despite a tumultuous backdrop for democracy at the regional level and the challenges posed by a persistent pandemic, the democratic vitality of the Kingdom was clearly demonstrated in the legislative elections” on September 8, noting that the turnout exceeded 50%, reaching more than 60% in the provinces of the Moroccan Sahara.

In this context, Mr. Bourita noted that the international community congratulated Morocco for the success of these elections, organized with the presence of 4,323 civil society organizations, and 152 international election observers, which further strengthened the guarantees of transparency. and integrity.

In addition to “essential” democratic principles and practices such as free and fair elections, the Minister notably underlined the Kingdom’s inclusive approach to civil society as a factor that characterizes Moroccan society.

“In Morocco, the fabric of civil society has never been so dense,” noted the Minister of Foreign Affairs, recalling that the 2011 Constitution gave it a “very important” advisory role, but also a catalyst for development.

In addition, the Minister declared that for Morocco, the consolidation of democracy and the strengthening of its resilience requires guaranteeing citizens not only their fundamental rights, but also a healthy and prosperous living environment, in security and stability. and harmony. In this regard, the Minister underlined the commitment and laudable initiatives of the Kingdom, in particular the fight against terrorism and religious extremism, migration, environmental action and the fight against climate change.

“The manifest support of the international community for Morocco’s strategic and irreversible choices is not the result of chance”, underlined Mr. Bourita, explaining that the Kingdom has made “the deepening and strengthening of democratic practices one of the priorities of its international agenda and commitments ”.

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