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Vol 48 No 19

Published 21st September 2007


Best election dirhams could buy

Elections will produce a functioning government but, troublingly, few Moroccans seem to care

Money changed hands and local notables manoeuvred in constituencies across the kingdom to deliver seats for their political allies in the 7 September general elections. Yet abuses were mainly localised and overall, the polls were pretty clean. Only 37% of the electorate turned out to vote, compared to 51.6% in 2002. Optimists see that as a sign of reduced pressure from the Palace that historically has controlled political life.

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