Morocco News Agency Launched To Cover Historic Elections

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The Morocco News Agency has created an online news site to provide reporting on the November 25 elections.

King Mohammed VI

The Morocco News Agency was established in November 2011 in response for a national call for reforms and democracy in Morocco.

The Morocco News Agency was established in November 2011 in response for a national call for reforms and democracy in Morocco.

The Morocco News Agency will provide both news and feature coverage of the November 25, 2011 elections. In addition to our Website, the Morocco News Agency will use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to engage the public.

The November 25, 2011, parliamentary elections constitute a historic turning point in Morocco's evolution into a Western-style Constitutional Monarchy. Morocco has been undergoing a process of democratization and governance modernization since the mid-1999 ascent to the throne of King Mohammed VI.

Morocco, with a population of 32 million citizens, is an hereditary constitutional monarchy, presently structured on the basis of the Constitution adopted in 1972. It is ruled by the immensely popular Alaouite Dynasty which had ruled Morocco for almost 400 years: since 1666. After the November 25 elections, Morocco would evolve further into a constitutional monarchy on the basis of the new Constitution which was ratified in a popular referendum on July 1, 2011.

The November 25, 2011, parliamentary elections will be the first conducted in accordance with the just ratified new Constitution.

Morocco's reforms process has three key phases.

Restoration of individual rights including the reversal of constraints imposed during the reign of King Hassan II.

Implementing a comprehensive regionalization program. The improvement in economic posture, education and access to media focuses people's attention on localized issues. Given Morocco's diverse population, the key to addressing these concerns has been by providing added powers and authority to councils, municipalities and governorates.

National-level Constitutional reforms which are based on giving more powers to political parties, Parliament and the Government. Significantly, the reforms abolish the King's nominated prime minister and power-ministers and replacing them with individuals selected by the winning party or coalition and confirmed by parliament — thus reducing the King's hands-on involvement in governance.

Significantly, the reform program would apply equally to all Moroccans: as the King said, from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Mauritanian border, and from the Atlantic coast to the Algerian border. King Mohammed VI stressed the significance of the reform process and outlined the roadmap for the nation.

Taken together, the reform process the King announced constitutes a major stride toward further democratization and greater freedoms — both personal and communal — for all Moroccans. The King concluded that "whatever the circumstances, the Kingdom of Morocco will remain true to its cultural identity as an open nation, encouraged and inspired by the credibility enjoyed by the Moroccan model at regional and international levels."

In addition to the Morocco News Agency's election reporting, the MNA will also cover every aspect of life in Morocco from government, industry and tourism to education, sports and international trade.

Our editorial board, comprising of veteran journalists fluent in Arabic, French and English, believes in freedom of speech whereas censorship should only be applied for the Kingdom's national security.

The Morocco News Agency, a non-governmental organization, welcomes your comments and feedback as we are here to represent the warm, brave and respected people of the Kingdom of Morocco to the global public.

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