Constitutional Union (Morocco)

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Constitutional Union
Leader Mohammed Abied
Founder Maati Bouabid
Founded 1983; 31 years ago (1983)
Headquarters Rabat
Ideology Royalism[1][2]
Liberal conservatism[3]
Economic liberalism[4]
Political position Centre-right[1][5]
International affiliation Liberal International
Seats in the Assembly of Representatives:
23 / 325
Website
www.unionconstitutionnelle.ma
Politics of Morocco
Political parties
Elections

The Constitutional Union (Arabic: الاتحاد الدستوريAl-Etihad Al-Dosturi, French: Union constitutionelle) is a liberal conservative political party in Morocco, aligned with the ruling monarchy.

The grouping was founded by then Prime Minister Maati Bouabid in 1983 and favoured by King Hassan II. In the 1984 parliamentary election, it won the greatest number of seats, but remained far from an absolute majority. Later it became an ordinary party without a special role in Morocco's multi-party system.[6]

The party is a full member of Liberal International, which it joined at the latter's Dakar Congress in 2003.[7] It's electoral symbol is a horse.[8]

In the parliamentary election held on 27 September 2002, the party won 16 out of 325 seats. In the next parliamentary election, held on 7 September 2007, the party won 27 out of 325 seats. After the 2011 election, the number of seats dropped to 23 in the enlarged House of Representatives with 395 seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas K. Park; Aomar Boum (2006), Historical Dictionary of Morocco, Scarecrow Press, p. 286 
  2. ^ Gareth M. Winrow (2000), Dialogue With the Mediterranean: The Role of NATO's Mediterranean Initiative, Garland, p. 78 
  3. ^ Abdo Baaklini; Guilain Denoeux; Springborg, Robert (1999), Legislative Politics in the Arab World: The Resurgence of Democratic Institutions, Lynne Riener, p. 129 
  4. ^ A.H. Saulniers (2001), "Privatization in Morocco", Privatization: A global perspective (Routledge): 222 
  5. ^ James N. Sater (2007), Civil Society and Political Change in Morocco, Routledge, p. 86 
  6. ^ Bernabé López García (2013), "Morocco: regime and fuse", Political Regimes in the Arab World: Society and the Exercise of Power (Routledge): 102 
  7. ^ Entry on Constitutional Union Liberal International.
  8. ^ Park, Thomas K.; Boum, Aomar (2006), Historical Dictionary of Morocco, Scarecrow Press, p. 293