Social unrest undermines Morocco’s stability

A protest in Rabat, Morocco, after fish seller Mouhcine Fikri was killed.
Protests over fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri’s death could still escalate into the kind of instability that Morocco’s neighbors experienced during the 2011 Arab Spring (source: dpa)
  • Morocco’s elections went off without a hitch, though turnout was low
  • The winning party is likely to form a coalition soon, providing political stability
  • Recent protests are undermining those prospects
  • Terrorism also remains a significant concern

In Morocco’s October parliamentary elections, the Justice and Development Party (JDP) scored its second landslide victory in a row. Despite a relatively low turnout, the vote confirmed that the country’s democracy is strengthening. The gap between the political elite and ordinary citizens, however, is widening. Demonstrations persist, with protesters pushing for a more robust democracy and greater economic equality. Security concerns have been successfully managed, but the international fight against Daesh (also known as Islamic State or ISIS) could bring militants to Morocco’s doorstep. As social unrest reemerges, the country’s status as North Africa’s beacon of security and political stability is being threatened.

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