Comparative Politics of North Africa: Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia

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MOROCCO

POSTINDEPENDENCE POLITICS

At independence Morocco enjoyed a sufficient level of national unity, institutional stability, and effective political leadership that its future viability and growth in the difficult postindependence period of state-building appeared moderately promising. The political parties, with the Istiqlal in the dominant position, provided the necessary cadres for the new government, the urban resistance was incorporated into the police, and the members of the Army of Liberation, who were the last to recognize the monarchy's independence, were absorbed into the Royal Moroccan Army (FAR) or otherwise given positions in the local administration. Other civil servants were recruited from among former employees of the ministries under the protectorate or from newly trained Moroccan youth. Over this political-administrative mosaic representing groups and individuals of widely divergent background and political orientation, King Mohammed V ruled as an apolitical arbitrator and a symbol of Moroccan unity.

On the surface at least it appeared that political life in Morocco might move toward a European model of constitutional democracy based on a competitive multiparty system. Political freedom, while circumscribed, was nonetheless real and utilized. Yet within five years after independence, both the national and political unity that had existed during the period of the colonialist struggle and which had continued immediately after independence and the incipient emergence

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Morocco 45
  • Algeria 85
  • Tunisia 127
  • Bibliography 181
  • Index 191
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