20th Anniversary of Throne Day
Omar Azziman.. Moroccans Can be Proud of Achievements; However, They Are Not Insensitive to Imperfections
Moroccans can be proud of the achievements made; however, they are not insensitive to imperfections, said HM King Mohammed VI's advisor, Omar Azziman, in an interview with AFP on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of HM the King’s enthronement.
Moroccans can be proud of the achievements made; however, they are not insensitive to imperfections, deficiencies and shortcomings, Azziman said in an interview published Sunday by AFP, stressing that social cohesion is a "crucial" element for further progress.
"The advantages of the development achieved over these 20 years have not benefited everyone. We have a dissatisfaction, we can't find jobs for our young people, we have regions that are too deprived," Azziman said.
Initially, the priority was to move forward in the field of democracy, to build a rule of law, to consolidate human rights, to turn the page of the past, to make a success in the experience of transitional justice, Azziman said, adding that from 2004 onwards, the priority was given to key economic projects, major infrastructure works - roads, highways, ports, airports - and the economy with an emphasis on agriculture, industry, alternative energies.
But today, the priority is shifting to reducing social, spatial and territorial inequalities, he stressed, noting that this is a "huge" project that requires a new development model that is more sensitive to the need for social justice and a new territorial policy to which advanced regionalization will contribute significantly.
Since the advent of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco both fits into continuity and change, Azziman underlined, adding that "there has been no regime change and there has been no disruption, the system has remained the same by proving that it has a strong capacity to adapt to the evolution of time and society".
The main difference with the reign of late HM Hassan II, is that the Kingdom has moved "up a gear" in strategic choices, State action, the conduct of public policies and the requirement of efficiency, he pointed out.
"The monarch occupied a central place in the previous Constitution, he still occupies a central place: it is the idea of continuity". In the past, the monarch occupied an indeterminate place with movable and floating contours, today he occupies a defined place with a limited perimeter: "the change is enormous", he said.
"We are not in a monarchy like Spain or the Netherlands where the monarch reigns but does not govern, we are in another type of monarchy but the king's powers are delineated," Azziman explained.