General elections are scheduled to be held in Morocco in 2021, the third since the 2011 constitutional reforms. The incumbent Prime Minister going into the 2021 elections is Saadeddine Othmani, of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has ruled Morocco since the 2011 elections.
July 2020 marked the 21st year of King Mohammed VI’s reign in Morocco. The first two decades of the 21st century saw civil and political reforms, as well as “popular disillusionment” with the socioeconomic and political state of the nation. In response to the 2011 protests that occurred as part of the Arab Spring, King Mohammed VI announced a series of constitutional reforms, passed through a national referendum in July 2011. The reforms were described by the BBC as “expanding the powers of parliament and the prime minister but leaving the king with broad authority over the government”. The Islamic State’s presence in the region also posed a threat to Morocco throughout the 2010s.
In 2014, the Freedom of the Press report gave Morocco a rating of “not free”.
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