Youth Perceptions in Morocco: Political Parties and Reforms

Nov. 21, 2011, 2:47 p.m.

The National Democratic Institute issued a report on the attitudes of Moroccan youth following a referendum on the constitution which was a response to protests held early this year.  The report finds slow signs of progress and cautious optimism about institutional changes. The youth showed limited knowledge of political institutions and provided suggestions for institutions to engage the youth. The full report can be found here.

Focus groups conducted by NDI during July 2011 point to a very high expectation among young Moroccans that provisions of the new constitution passed by referendum on July 1 will soon impact their daily lives. At the same time, they point to very low levels of confidence in political institutions, most notably political parties. While issues such as freedom of expression and political reforms are of interest, Moroccan youth are overwhelmingly preoccupied with three inter-related issues: Reform of the education system; Addressing unemployment; and Curbing corruption

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