Apathy, mistrust and disillusionment are in the air, as Morocco prepares to elect a new Parliament tomorrow. Many people reject this vote as a waste of time. The reason for the malaise is the widely-held belief that parliament is a toothless dog, made up of politicians who never keep their promises. Morocco is a land of great contrast. The rich enjoy the trappings of wealth and leisure; the young people enjoying the sun on the private beaches could be from Miami or the Cote d’Azur.
One girl, named Mounia, said it’s a great place for the young middle class, with great parties and alcohol. But away from the beach, it’s a very different world. Many poor villages have no running water. The nearest well could be a kilometre away by donkey. Collecting water is a daily burden. Thirty three parties are contesting the election, with the moderate Islamic Party of Justice and Development expected to do well.
But, mistrust in Morocco runs deep, and many people have no great hope of change.