On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Morocco's King Mohammed VI addressed a speech to the nation on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of his enthronement. -In his speech, the King emphasized the importance of the coming elections which will be held on October 2016.
"I urge voters to act in good conscience and to have in mind the citizens’ and nation’s interest during the poll, regardless of considerations of any kind", "I also call on political parties to endorse representatives who meet the requirements of competence, integrity, responsibility and keenness to serve citizens", the Sovereign said. The Monarch noted that the governing parties have to defend their action during their tenure, while the opposition is required to offer constructive criticism and propose realistic alternatives, within the framework of fair competition, to find tangible solutions to citizens’ real issues and problems.
"As the guarantor of respect for the Constitution, the smooth running of institutions and the safeguard of the democratic choice, I do not take part in polls, nor do I belong to any political party. I am the King of all Moroccans, candidates and voters – and also of those who do not vote", the Sovereign stressed.
"Furthermore, I am the King of all political organizations, without any discrimination or exception. As I said previously: the only party I am proud to belong to is Morocco", the Monarch added.
Noting that the King has a special status in the political system, the Sovereign stressed that all actors, candidates, and parties should, therefore, avoid involving the King in any electoral or party rows.
Addressing the Sahara conflict, the King underlined that 2016 has been a "year of determination" for Morocco as far as its territorial integrity is concerned.
"If some are trying to make 2016 a “year of decision”, for Morocco it is a “year of determination” as far as our territorial integrity is concerned", HM the king stressed.
"Convinced that ours is a just cause, with firm determination, we have faced the fallacious statements and irresponsible behavior related to the management of the Moroccan Sahara issue and taken the necessary measures, dictated by the circumstances, to put an end to these serious deviations", the Sovereign pointed out.
Pledging to continue defending rights and take the required measures to counter any future deviations, the Monarch stressed that "We will not give in to any kind of pressure, nor any blackmail attempts regarding the sacred cause of all Moroccans".
Morocco will, however, remain open and ever ready to engage in constructive dialogue in order to find a final political settlement to this artificial dispute, HM the King said.
In this regard, the Sovereign called again for continued vigilance and mobilization to counter the maneuvers of Morocco's opponents, who are infuriated by the development and progress witnessed in the Moroccan Sahara.
The King noted that Morocco’s foreign policy is based on words and action, be it when defending the cause of the Moroccan Sahara, diversifying partnerships or addressing current international issues and problems.
The King also highlighted Morocco’s international commitments notably in the fields of the fight against terrorism and the environmental action.
“Morocco is a key partner in the fight against terrorism, both at the level of security cooperation, with a number of sister and friendly nations, and through its unique approach to managing the country’s religious affairs. This position allowed Morocco to co-chair, with the Netherlands, the Global Counterterrorism Forum,” said the King.
“Our country is also actively involved in international efforts to fight climate change and, in November, is hosting the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 22,” he added.
This event “Will offer Morocco the opportunity to show its commitment to ensuring the implementation of the Paris Agreement and continuing its support to developing countries in Africa and small insular states, most affected by climate change,” the Monarch concluded.