The government has been touting reforms to end growing dissatisfaction and social disparities in the country.
Now the government asserts military service will “inculcate the spirit of citizenship in young people as part of a correlation between the rights and duties of citizenship.”While some citizens described the government’s argument as not “convincing,” political analyst Moulay Hicham Mouatadid told Morocco World News that the return “to the collective consciousness of the nation is paramount, provided that the spirit of citizenship prevails over inequality and social disparity.”Rumblings of discontent Social disparities have caused demonstrations from the north to the south of Morocco.
Article 6 of Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service also promises to reward conscripts with grades according to the Royal Armed Forces’ current hierarchy standards.
The bill may also call conscripts with technical and professional skills to fulfill specific missions within the military administration after completing the training.
” he concluded.‘Can not this “better life” be granted to Morocco?
’On Friday, Minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi Alami said that Moroccans should be able to find a better life in their motherland instead of putting their lives in danger through undocumented emigration.
If passed, all Moroccan youth aged 19 to 25 would have to spend 12 months in military service unless they are exempted for a convincing reason.
Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said on Thursday, September 20, that the government would discuss the mandatory service “this week.” However, the government has given no indication that Parliament has considered it as of yet.
While struggling with Rif and Jrada protests, controversial sentences of activists and arrest of journalists, resilient Boycott Movement, and other aspects of deepening social malaise,” he said.
According to Cherkaoui, “Certain centers of power in Rabat thought the military service could be an ‘innovative’ strategy of containing the multi-layered crisis and shifting the public discourse.”The professor also questioned whether the bill would mitigate social inequality in the country. At the end of the 12-month training period, young people who completed the service would receive payment, according to Article 5 of the bill.