Parliament of Morocco

Parliament of Morocco
Parlement du Maroc
Houses House of Councillors (upper house)
House of Representatives (Lower house)
Founded August 2, 1956 (1956-08-02) non elected chambers in 1904 - 1908 - 1919 - 1947 - 1951 [1]
President of the house of Councillors
Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, Authenticity and Modernity Party
Since 13 October 2009
President of the House of Representatives
Rachid Talbi Alami, NRI
Since 4 November 2014[2]
Seats 595 members
(325) (295 elected in multi-seat constituencies and 30 in national lists consisting only of women) and (270 (elected by local councils (162 seats), professional chambers (91 seats) and wage-earners (27 seats))
Current Structure of the House of Representatives
House of Councilors political groups

Government coalition (209)

  •      PJD (107)
  •      RNI (52)
  •      MP (32)
  •      PPS (18)

Opposition (186)

  •      PI (60)
  •      PAM (47)
  •      USFP (39)
  •      UC (23)
  •      PT (4)
  •      Other parties (13)
Multi-seat constituency
Party-list proportional representation
Meeting place
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The Parliament of Morocco is the bicameral legislature located in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.


The traditional representative system in Morocco was organized through traditional structures such as the ulema assembly by cities and regions, or the Jemaa assembly within the tribes. These structures were not elected, but nominated through an cooptation system.

From 1880, Morocco began a range of reforms to adapt its institutions to modern standards. Among these reforms the creation of the position of grand vizier, having a structured and durable cabinet, with six ministries, including foreign affairs, finance, defense etc .. In the process, the Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz decides create a consultative assembly in 1904, he named Majlis el Aayane.[3] It is this assembly that summoned the international conference of Algeciras, and that has drafted the constitution of 1908, which 'never entered into force because of the political unrests.

The Majlis el Ayane has been dissolved in 1913, as a result of the Treaty of Fez establishing a protectorate. But since 1947, and on impulse Erik Labonne, Resident General of France in Morocco, and the Sultan Mohammed V, the protectorate creates consultative chambers reserved for moroccans, Jews and Muslims. These elected chambers, through the elections of 1947 and 1951, were in reality only a weak response of the protectorate system to the nationalists claims expressed en 1944 manifesto of independence. The Istiqlal who accept to participate in the 1947 elections, earning three elected representatives, eventually boycott the 1951 elections.

At the end of 1955, and after the return from exile of Sultan Mohammed V, November 16 , and the victory of nationalists, Morocco adopted in a first step, a non-elected parliament, resulting from consultations with the main political parties to lay the foundations for future elections. The first chamber was chaired by Mehdi Ben Barka. The first Moroccan Constitution adopted in 1963 created a bicameral parliament consisting of the House of Representatives and House of Councillors.

The 1970 Constitution abandon bicameralism and opts for a single room. The 1992 Constitution allows elected to create committees of inquiries.

Under the state of emergency, the Head of State (in this case the King of Morocco) may dissolve Parliament, "the state of exception does not cause the dissolution of parliament" ( Article 35, paragraph 2 of the 1972 constitution revised in 1996). During the years of lead - under the reign of Hassan II - the right was quite improperly invoked, since the first and only state of emergency that gripped the Morocco lasted five years, from June 1965 to July 1970. However, constitutions adopted after that date contained many restrictions of public freedoms, close to the state of emergency. Until 1977, no elected parliament has completed its term.


Since 1996, the national legislature has become bicameral and has therefore two parliamentary chambers:

The Members of Parliament come from Morocco and the Moroccan-held parts of Western Sahara (under Moroccan law treated as the Southern Provinces).

Reserve power

Part of the reserve powers, the head of State (in this case the King of Morocco) has the right to dissolve the Parliament. In the past, during the "years of lead" under King Hassan II, this right was used extensively, along with suspensions and extensions of terms. Thus, until 1997, not a single elected Parliament was able to complete its term under normal circumstances.


The role of Parliament, and the respect of the monarchy for its integrity, has increased considerably since 1999, when Mohammed VI took the throne. However, the power of Parliament is still being limited as it is the King who appoints the prime minister and on proposition from the latter, the members of government.

See also


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