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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
King's Speeches

 HM King Mohammed VI affirmed that the obduracy displayed by the enemies of our territorial integrity will make us all the more determined to press ahead with our efforts to expand democracy and promote development, stressing that citizenship rights cannot be perceived nor practised except within the framework of full respect for and commitment to the nation's unity and sovereignty.



In an address on Friday to the nation, on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the sovereign said the proposal to grant autonomy to the southern provinces, as part of the ongoing struggle to safeguard the Kingdom's sovereignty over the entire national territory, is among the bold initiatives which represent a turning point in the nation's contemporary history.

    The sovereign said the more international support there is for this brave initiative - which has been deemed serious and credible by the United Nations - the harder our adversaries try, through desperate manoeuvres, to undermine it and stifle the promising dynamism it brought about for the final settlement of this artificial dispute, a settlement which is sought after both regionally and internationally.

    "We commemorate this epic event not as a heroic feat that is over and done with, but as the emblem of an ongoing revolution," the monarch underlined.

    “Thus, ever since my accession to the throne, I have been instilling a new spirit into this celebration, making sure we draw from it the inspiration we need to promote the values of patriotism, sacrifice and steadfastness in order to write a new chapter in our history, one that is not only worthy of our glorious past, but that also opens up promising prospects for the achievement of our main goals,” HM the King added.

    “The struggle for the recovery of the country’s independence was never an issue for the elite only. It was a struggle waged by the entire people, in the cities and in the countryside, in the mountains and in the Sahara; a struggle waged by men and women, young and old alike,” the sovereign said, adding that, under the leadership of their King, all Moroccans made huge sacrifices for the sake of the country's freedom and to defend the symbol of its sovereignty.

    The sovereign noted that Fifty-Seventh Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the people coincides this year with the passing of the figure who symbolises this epic event, His Majesty King Mohammed V, May he rest in peace.

Here follows the full text of the speech:

Praise be to God                                

May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin

My loyal subjects,

I am addressing you on the occasion of the Fifty-Seventh Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the people which, this year, coincides with the tenth day of Ramadan, a day on which we commemorate the passing of the figure who symbolises this epic event, namely my revered Grandfather, His Majesty King Mohammed V. May he rest in peace.

In these blessed days of Ramadan, the month of fasting and of answered  prayers, we pay homage, with all due humility, to the hero of this momentous event, my late Grandfather, to his comrade-in-arms, my revered Father, His Majesty King Hassan II - may God bless their souls - and to the martyrs of the resistance and the liberation.

The struggle for the recovery of the country’s independence was never an issue for the elite only. It was a struggle waged by the entire people, in the cities and in the countryside, in the mountains and in the Sahara; a struggle waged by men and women, young and old alike. Under the leadership of their King, all Moroccans made huge sacrifices for the sake of the country's freedom and to defend the symbol of its sovereignty.

We commemorate this epic event not as a heroic feat that is over and done with, but as the emblem of an ongoing revolution.

Thus, ever since my accession to the throne, I have been instilling a new spirit into this celebration, making sure we draw from it the inspiration we need to promote the values of patriotism, sacrifice and steadfastness in order to write a new chapter in our history, one that is not only worthy of our glorious past, but that also opens up promising prospects for the achievement of our main goals. Thus, I have launched bold initiatives which represent a turning point in the nation’s contemporary history.

Chief among these was my proposal to grant autonomy to our southern provinces as part of the ongoing struggle to safeguard the Kingdom’s sovereignty over our entire national territory.

The more international support there is for this brave initiative - which has been deemed serious and credible by the United Nations - the harder our adversaries try, through desperate manoeuvres, to undermine it and stifle the promising dynamism it brought about for the final settlement of this artificial dispute, a settlement which is sought after both regionally and internationally.

The ever-increasing obduracy displayed by the enemies of our territorial integrity will make us all the more determined to press ahead with our efforts to expand democracy and promote development, applying to this task the determination, vigilance and mobilization it requires. Citizenship rights cannot be perceived nor practised except within the framework of full respect for and commitment to the nation’s unity and sovereignty.


My loyal subjects,

True to the spirit of 20 August, we have accomplished a great deal and introduced extensive reforms to strengthen the pillars of the modern state.

Building on the progress achieved with respect to decentralization, I have launched the major project of advanced regionalization in order to promote good governance at local level and press ahead with integrated development.
 
In this connection, I have been following with keen interest the work of the advisory committee on regionalization, which deserves my trust and confidence, and whose chairman and members I wish to commend. Their task is most important; it requires patience and perseverance to come up with the broadlines of a typically Moroccan system of advanced regionalization that takes into account the realities and specificities of our country.

Given the stakes involved regarding unity, democracy and development as well as the future of Morocco, this project is to be seen as the starting point of a long, arduous process that requires hard work at four levels:

-    First, making sure the project is mature and that it is fully explained to the people through extensive national debate. To this end, mobilization and strong public involvement are needed to ensure its success;

-    Second, laying down a clear, precise roadmap for its gradual implementation through competent institutions and the relevant institutional and development mechanisms;

-    Third - and parallel to the Committee’s action - calling on the government to draw up a devolution charter for transferring the necessary powers and human and financial resources to the regions, as there can be no regionalization within a centralized system;

-    Fourth, making sure committed national parties contribute effectively to the training and supervision of qualified staff to run regional affairs properly.


My loyal subjects,

The ultimate goal we seek to achieve through advanced regionalization and extensive devolution is to give fresh impetus to our distinctive institutional model and     approach to development.

Hence, we have worked untiringly to pave the way for the implementation of our strategic choice, namely that of a country that brings together and cements the regions composing it. This we have sought to achieve through major development projects, human and sustainable development initiatives, ambitious national sectoral plans with a prominent regional dimension and the expansion of basic infrastructure, as well as through a keen desire to ensure our country is fully involved in the green economy.

This marks an unprecedented quantum leap in the country’s development process. It has made our country even more open to the outside world, created greater interaction between our regions and improved access to far-off, hitherto marginalized areas, thus putting an end to the colonial slogan of “useful Morocco” and “useless Morocco”.

I have also launched projects which will enable our country to start benefiting from the bounties with which the Almighty has blessed us regarding energy production from clean, renewable sources. This is the starting point of a historical breakthrough, namely the ability to significantly and progressively reduce our dependence on classical energy sources and create new resources for development and more jobs for our youth.

The optimal implementation of this sustainable human and development project hinges on releasing the energies of our youth and upgrading their skills so that future generations may continue to hold aloft the torch of the everlasting revolution of the King and the people.

In this respect, our guiding principles remain a proud commitment to the characteristic features of our identity and solid cohesion between the King and the people as we pursue our action in an atmosphere of serenity, marked by mobilization, hard work and social solidarity.

These are the selfsame values inspired by the holy month of Ramadan, which is an opportunity for me to invoke Almighty God’s blessings and benediction upon our citizens, at home and abroad, as well as upon the entire Muslim Ummah.

Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.


Source: MAP
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