Friday, 10 May 2013

Morocco: Al Adl leader publicly criticises the monarchy from abroad

In Algiers, leading a delegation to the conference of Algerian Islamist party Mouvement de la société pour la paix (MSP), Mohamed Abbadi, Abdeslam Yassine's successor at the head of Al Adl wal Ihsane (Justice and Good Works) movement made a strategic move unlikely to win him much popularity with the Moroccan authorities. Interviewed by the conservative Algerian daily Echourouk, he declared that “power in Islam is based on shura (consultation) and not on heredity … We suffer from the monarchy, and, progressively, if God wishes, we will get rid of it and return to what the Qur'an says”. Abbadi has already made remarks with this content and tone to the media. The difference this time is that it was an Algerian newspaper that published them under the title “We suffer from the monarchy … and wish to see it disappear.”

Al Adl refuses to recognise the Moroccan sovereign's right to the title 'Commander of the Believers', and in turn the Moroccan State refuses to recognise Al Adl. Abbadi's line is that only by strict respect of the principles which prevailed in the earliest Islamic community can the lost power of the Muslim nation or Umma be restored. (The restoration of lost Islamic glories is a recurrent theme in Islamist discourse.) Although Abbadi advocates party politics, his movement has shown no readiness to make concessions to the Palace in order to move into political life. In the interview, he declared: “We do not wish to get into a swamp from which we would not be able to get out. Anyone who gets into such a sector, or rather marsh, is obliged to make concessions at the expense of their Islamic principles. We are not prepared to do this” – unlike the ruling Islamo-democrats of the PJD, he might have added. For the record, on Saturday 4 May, Abderrezak Mokri was elected leader of the MSP.

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