Dossier: Justice and Development Party (Morocco)

Morocco's King Mohammed VI (centre) with his son and heir, Prince Moulay Hassan (left), and his brother Prince Moulay Rachid (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Democratic change in Morocco

The right king in the wrong monarchy?

The paradox of the political situation in Morocco is that King Mohammed VI seems to want to bring about domestic political change, whereas his entourage, which has grown rich and influential since the country gained independence, is resisting such efforts. By Mohammed HashasMore

Women protesting outside the parliament in Rabat on 17 March 2012 after the suicide of Amina Filali (photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Women's rights in Morocco


Gender equality on paper only

Ever since a young woman took her own life two years ago after being raped and married off to her aggressor, equal rights between men and women have been the subject of heated discussion in Morocco. A set of laws that is riddled with contradictions further fuels the debate. By Susanne KaiserMore

Congress of the PJD: Abdelilah Benkirane, general secretary of the PJD with members of the General Secretariat (photo: DW/Smail Bellaouali)

Morocco Islamist Justice and Development Party

A Delicate Balancing Act

Moroccos's Islamist Party of Justice and Development shot to power for the first time after triumphing in parliamentary polls held in 2011. But despite rising popular support and stalled programs of reform, Morocco's Justice and Development Party still has to toe the palace line. By Mohammed MasbahMore

Abdelilah Benkirane (photo: dpa)

The Rise of Populists in Moroccan Politics

Jokes, Clamour, Jesters and Trouble-making

The election of Hamid Chabat as secretary-general of Istiqlal, Morocco's oldest political party, at the end of September has brought attention to the resurgence in populism that is becoming a distinctive feature of Moroccan politics, writes Mohamed JalidMore

Fazil Say (photo: picture-alliance/Sven Simon)

Turkish Pianist and Composer Fazil Say

Up in Court for Insulting Islam

Last week, the court case against the celebrated Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say began in Istanbul. Say faces charges of spreading anti-Islamic comments via Twitter. Supporters and critics alike say that the case highlights Turkey's shortcomings in terms of freedom of expression. Thomas Seibert has the detailsMore

Bassima Hakkaoui (photo: DW)

Interview with Morocco's Minister Bassima Hakkaoui

''Some Politicians See Women as Intruders''

PJD politician Bassima Hakkaoui is the only woman to hold a ministerial post in Morocco's new, Islamist-dominated government. In conversation with Siham Ouchtou, the Minister for Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development addresses the concerns of women's rights organizations over the government's gender equality policyMore

King Mohammed VI of Morocco (photo: AP)

Parliamentary Elections in Morocco

Divide and Rule

Following the Justice and Development Party's victory in the Moroccan parliamentary elections recently, the King of Morocco may well be looking to demystify the Islamists by granting them a slice of the power pie, writes Sonja HegasyMore

The Parliament in Rabat (photo: picture alliance)

Morocco Prepares for Parliamentary Elections

Superficial Respect for the Will of the People

Voter turnout in Morocco's early parliamentary elections on 25 November is expected to be low. A major reason for this is widespread disaffection among the young, who feel ignored by existing parties. In its eyes, the establishment is nothing but a "façade democracy". By Sonja HegasyMore

Anti-government protesters shout as they hold a poster of Kamal Al-Amri, pictured, a member of Morocco's main opposition Islamist group who died in June from wounds sustained during a pro-reform demonstration several days earlier, during a rally organized by the 20th February movement in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday June 5, 2011 (photo: AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Ziad Majed on Islamism and the Arab Spring


''The Term Islamist Doesn't Mean Anything Anymore''

Not since 1989 has a whole region undergone democratic revolution, but what are the common denominators in the Arab Spring? Jefferson Chase asked Lebanese lecturer and activist Ziad Majed, and he gave some surprising answersMore