Morocco’s monarchy spent the better part of 2011 touting new political reforms. Now, following the first national elections under a new constitution, the country’s leadership is faced with the challenge of finding a stable way forward and the means to pay for its new spending plans.
We may never know reliably why the man who left a bomb in a backpack at the Argana café in Marrakech’s world-famous Jamaa el Fna square, killing 17 people, did what he did.
The Moroccan monarch has responded to recent protests with a raft of changes to the country’s political system. His motives may be a mystery, but Mohammed VI could recover some of the reformist kudos he enjoyed earlier in his reign and which he seemed to have lost.
The regime of King Mohammed VI is different in some crucial ways to those of Tunisia and Egypt. However, Rabat should still take its neighbours’ unrest very seriously indeed.