Exclusive: Moroccan Constitution is unique
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 30 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
Morocco's new Constitution, which was submitted to a referendum, is unique in the sense that it is edited using the suggestions of all political, trade union and civil organizations, Moroccan Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hasan al-Hami said in an interview with Trend.
"The new draft of the Constitution is new in all aspects," al-Hami said.
He said the committee established under the leadership of King Mohammed VI edited the constitution, and this committee included representatives from all groups of Moroccan society.
A referendum on the new constitution will start in Morocco on Friday, July 1.
The Moroccan authorities voice their intention to take steps to democratize the political system.
In his speech before the nation on March 9 King Mohammed VI stated about the decision to reform the constitution.
Reform should "confirm the status of the prime minister as executive power head, fully responsible for the government's actions," which, according to the King, should consolidate the "principle of the separation and balance of powers."
"We believe that the constitution is a unique experience in modern political history of Morocco. Compared to the previous Moroccan constitutions adopted in 1962, 1970, 1996, the new constitution is perfect in the sense that it is drawn up by the Moroccan people," al-Hami said.
He said a small number of Moroccan citizens, residing in Azerbaijan and those who are mostly married to Azerbaijanis, will also participate in the referendum on the new Constitution.
"The Embassy has taken all necessary measures for the participation of Moroccan citizens, residing in Azerbaijan, in this referendum," al-Hami said.
He added that the Embassy has opened a polling station in Baku, where the Moroccans residing in Azerbaijan will vote. Voting will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Friday and last until 7:00 p.m. The referendum will continue for two days, Friday and Saturday.
Al-Hami said Morocco's democratic experience has its own history.
"Democracy began to develop in Morocco after gaining independence by the kingdom in 1955. Since then, the country began democratic reforms given the features of Moroccan politics and neighborhood with European countries," al-Hami said.
He underscored that democracy in the kingdom began to develop especially after King Mohammed VI came to power after the death of King Hassan II.
Al-Hami said the new Constitution strengthens civil society's role, so the Moroccan people hope the new constitution will be successful and will create new opportunities for future reforms not only in Morocco but also in neighboring countries.