COVID-19 Forces Morocco to Mull a Risky Election Delay

MIN READSep 22, 2020 | 19:33 GMT

A woman wearing a face mask stands at a terrace on top of a building in Fnideq, Morocco, on Aug. 28, 2020.

A worker wearing a face mask stands on a rooftop terrace in Fnideq, Morocco, on Aug. 28, 2020.

(FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The economic impact of COVID-19 could force the Moroccan government to delay upcoming elections, which would raise the risk of social unrest and rare public scrutiny on the country’s elected and unelected officials. Morocco is currently scheduled to hold parliamentary and local elections in the summer and fall of 2021. Some Moroccan political parties have pushed for delaying elections in favor of forming a national salvation government that can more deftly handle the country’s pandemic-induced economic crisis, while other parties support holding the ballot on time, arguing that such stressful circumstances require the stability of regular elections. ...

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