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Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi


'The King Is Good, the Political Class Is Bad': A Tired Myth

[An image from a protest in Al-Hoceima on 18 May 2017. Image by Samia Errazzouki]

Following this year’s “Throne Day” speech on 29 July 2017, commentators were unanimous: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s offensive against political parties was more violent than ever. In Morocco, however, the “crisis,” “weakness,” and “dysfunction” of parties is a repeated refrain. After the death of King Hassan II, new tonalities have enriched the refrain, which have been injected into the discourses held by a wide range of enunciators, including ordinary citizens, ...

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Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi


Mounia Bennani-Chraïbi is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies at the University of Lausanne (UNIL-IEPHI) and a member of the Research Center on Political Action of the University of Lausanne (CRAPUL). A list of her research interests and publications is available on the UNIL’s website: