Is change just around the corner?

June 2004
Middle East;Jun2004, Issue 346, p22
The Moroccan government has made determined efforts to forge ahead with social and economic reform. Moroccans were among those wanted in connection with attacks in Saudi Arabia attributed to organization Al Qaeda in 2003, and this year at least 200 suspected terrorists have been rounded up in Morocco since the bombing of commuter trains in Madrid on March 11, 2004. Reports in the press indicate Rabat warned Madrid in June 2003 that Jamal Zougam, the chief suspect detained so far, was in Spain, having left Morocco three weeks after the Casablanca suicide attacks. At present there are no significant regional parties in Morocco, but there is a legal Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party, which since achieving third place in the legislative elections of 2002 and then declining to join the governing coalition has found itself under pressure to conform.


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