Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- An analysis of the current political situation in Morocco, run on the Brooking Institute, named “Think Tank of the Year” in 2015, said that “six years after the Arab uprisings, Moroccan King Mohammed VI faces his own version of the King’s Dilemma.”
The analysis written by Adel Abdel Ghafar, Visiting Fellow at Brookings Doha Center and Anna L. Jacobs, Academic Director at SIT Study Abroad, makes reference to Samuel Huntington’s “The King’s Dilemma” theory, coined in his 1968 book, “Political Order in Changing Societies,” whereby this latter “highlighted a key problem monarchs face: how to liberalize without losing control,” the analysis reads.
“To Huntington, the choices are stark: The monarch could either “attempt to maintain his authority by continuing to modernize but intensify the repression necessary to keep control,” or transform his monarchy into a constitutional monarchy where “the king reigns but does not rule,” the article stressed in its preamble.
The article closed saying that “if the palace decides to call for another election—and if attempts to sideline the PJD continue—it may tarnish Morocco’s image, as well as the monarchy’s narrative that promotes the country as a democratizing success story of the Arab uprisings,’ before stressing that “while sidelining the PJD and parliament may work in the short term, this strategy may not work in the long term if the PJD can maintain its momentum at the ballots boxes in local and national elections. On the other hand, by not clipping the wings of the PJD, the party may become even more popular and influential. Hence the king’s big dilemma.”
The full analysis can be read on the following link: click here.