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Foreign Secretary welcomes Moroccan elections

Foreign Secretary William Hague describes the elections as important to Morocco’s progress towards greater democratic accountability, and recognises the huge opportunity for peaceful change in the region.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the holding of parliamentary elections today in Morocco:

“These elections support the implementation of the new Constitution passed by referendum in July and are important to Morocco’s progress towards greater democratic accountability. Across the region there is a huge opportunity for peaceful change, the advancement of human rights and economic development. I encourage each country to follow the path of peaceful reform.

“This was my message during my visit to Morocco last month where I discussed political reform and declared our willingness to support projects to increase political participation and promote transparency in public institutions through our Arab Partnership Initiative. I also met representatives from a broad range of political parties to discuss the opportunities and challenges they face and was impressed by the willingness of the parties to promote popular participation in the political process. I look forward to working with Morocco’s new democratically elected government once it is formed.”

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Published 25 November 2011