Islamist Parties in Power: A Work in Progress

Carnegie Endowment
Islamist Parties in Power: A Work in Progress

Marina Ottaway, Marwan Muasher – (…) In Morocco, where the new constitution was written by a commission appointed by the king, the PJD did not lobby for the inclusion of sharia in the text. Instead it accepted the definition of Morocco as a Muslim state and Islam as the religion of the state as good enough—though some PJD officials claim that they would have preferred language defining Morocco as a “civil state with an Islamic reference.” They supported freedom for other religions as well. Ennahda also decided to forego any mention of sharia, settling instead for the neutral language of the 1956 constitution that simply states that “Islam is [Tunisia’s] religion.” (…) The exception to this history of repression and isolation is the PJD in Morocco, which was allowed by the king to become an officially registered political party in 1992 and has operated legally and openly since then, gaining exposure to the rest of Moroccan society and the world.

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Posted on May 28, 2012, in Arab Spring, Morocco News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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