The Day after Tomorrow
Today, witnessing the scenes of collective rejoicing at the constitution reform as proposed by his Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, I can only think of a past moment in my personal history, that day of December 1st 2000 when Vincente Fox acceded to power in Mexico, I was there at the time and I could feel the build up to that momentous moment when he delivered his accession speech from the windows of the presidential palace overlooking Mexico's city central square. With him he carried the hopes of the Mexican people for a new future, and through him the era of the past was closed and a new chapter in Mexican politics opened.
Not that we should be ashamed of closing any past chapters of our own history, we did so with dignity and through institutions, furthermore when you consider the history of a country, consider it from the start.
You will find Morocco's history to be ancient, rich and complex. True, recent history that followed independence has been bumpy, true tremendous progress has been made on many fronts, and true we have witnessed growing inequalities between the haves and the have not.
To address that we first taped into national funds and then inscribed human development as a key axis for the future development of this country. The recent surveys of the INDH have shown certain progress, however more has to be done. The fight against poverty is an unrelenting one.
Back to the matter at hand, the proposed constitution. Well I can only applaude such foresight, firstly by his Majesty who's will it was to have it remolded, and by the people in charge of elaborating it.
In incorporating advanced regionalization, another key cards in his Majesty's strategy, we find ourselves with a constitution that can address the needs of the country for future generations.
It is very modern in spirit, especially the part about the chief of government being from the majority, equally important is the perenisation of the role of the woman as an active part of our society. It is a continuation of late King Mohammed V's approach, who desired for the woman to be an active and not passive actor of society and shown the way with the education of his own daughters. Very in advance at the time. That is what I appreciate very much about this country and its people, there is a continuity of purpose that runs through the veins of its long history. That is in itself quite an impressive achievement.
I think we will see in the near future a certain new found dedication to politics emerge in our society, politics to be honest seem to have been very important at the time of independence with parties such as Istiqlal, and then faded away in the background, ever so remote from daily life.
The day after tomorrow, I am planning to vote yes for this new constitution and I expect the turnover to be quite unprecedented and unanimous, for here as Moroccans we have the rare privilege to both make history, and to renew our confidence in the courageous rule of his Majesty.
God Bless the King, and may God continue to Bless Morocco.