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Message from PIERS2011 General Chair
Dear Session Organizers and Colleagues,
We have received some emails from participants
asking about the situation in Morocco after the recent developments in the
region. I am now in Morocco for the last preparations of PIERS. After the
demonstration of 20 February, the situation is again normal. According to
the informations I got from several sources, there will be no other demonstration
in the near future (some speak about April 17). As you may know, the political
and economical situation in Morocco is quite different from the other countries
in north Africa and the middle east, even if people asks for political changes
and better live conditions, no one asks for radical political changes as changing
the regime like in some neighboring countries . Morocco's King Mohamed VI
is well appreciated by its people and he has no serious opposition. He made
a speech on 21 Feb where he promised several changes, and it seems this was
well received by the citizens.
As a conclusion, you can inform the participants
to your session that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, the situation
in Morocco is normal, no trikes, no demonstrations, nothing unusual at all.
You can forward this email to them. Of course, if there are any changes we
will contact you.
There have been some demonstrations in Morocco
today and according to some websites of activists two others are programmed
for March 20 (not officially confirmed) and a big one in April 17. These demonstrations
are generally peaceful and framed by security agents. There are no strikes,
transportation and all other public services are not affected.
I look forward to welcoming you all in Marrakesh!
Morocco king announces constitutional reform plan (Reuters)
Morocco's King Mohamed announced a planned constitutional
reform on Wednesday (9 March) and appointed a committee to work with political
parties, trade unions and civil society groups to draw up proposals by June.
The king, speaking in a televised address, said the reform
would include plans for an independent judiciary, a stronger role for parliament
and political parties and a regionalisation programme to devolve more powers
to local officials.
The draft constitution that the committee proposes will be
submitted to a referendum, the 47-year-old monarch added.
PIERS 2011 General Chair