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Morocco: The government accuses the Islamists of "manipulating" the youth


RABAT - Moroccan authorities have expressed Monday their "determination" to deal with Islamist movements and leftist protesters, stating that there will be no questioning of the political reforms recently announced "at the highest level."

  •    "Morocco will not go back and will go through the reforms that have already been announced in the highest state level," told AFP the Moroccan Minister of Communication Khalid Naciri.

       But he said the 20 February Movement, which calls for democratic reforms in Morocco and a limitation of the powers of King Mohammed VI, is "swallowed up by the Islamists and leftist movements.

       Moroccan police dispersed Sunday hundreds of youth of the 20 February movement, requiring extensive political reforms in Morocco. Dozens of people were injured, including in Tangier, in the northern kingdom.

       "The programs of the Islamist movement and the left have nothing to do with democratic reforms. The Moroccan government has nothing against the Movement of February 20th, but we believe that its members are manipulated by Islamists and leftists, Naciri added.

       Mohammed VI announced on March 9, in a speech to the nation's major constitutional reforms, including in separation of powers and strengthening in the powers of the Prime Minister.

       Naciri also blamed Islamist organizations like “Justice and Charity”, who use the democratic demands to serve their own agenda."

    Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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