King Mohammed VI of Morocco today defended his decision to reinstate compulsory military service as a way to strengthen the "patriotic spirit" of the recruits and facilitate their professional and social integration.
"The military service strengthens the spirit of belonging to the country, and allows obtaining training and practices that offer opportunities for social and professional integration to recruits," said the monarch during the opening of the autumn session of Parliament.
In his address to the members of the two chambers, Mohamed VI added that all Moroccans without exception are concerned by this measure, approved by the Government on August 20, "whatever his social class, or professional level or title of studies they have. "
The bill that restores compulsory military service requires that all youth between the ages of 19 and 25, men and women, must pass 12 months of military service, although those who demonstrate physical ineptitude, are studying or maintain his family.
Being a bill "drawn up in application of the high royal instructions", it is unthinkable that there will be critical voices in the country against the project whenever the decisions of the monarch are not discussed; and only some critical voices have emerged on social networks.
More than 23,000 Moroccan Internet users have joined so far a group created at the end of last August on Facebook against this unexpected decision of the Moroccan Government.
The administrators of this group called "Moroccan Regroup Against Compulsory Military Service" accuse the Executive of trying to subdue the generation of young people who oppose the current social, political and economic situation in Morocco and who have led since 2011, date in which that the "Arab Spring" broke out, several social protests.
On the other hand, Mohamed VI revealed today that he intends to create an "agricultural middle class" in the rural world to maintain its social balance and promote its economic development through investments and the creation of jobs.
In addition, he acknowledged that the countryside suffers from the fragmentation of agricultural land and the decrease in production, at the same time that he asked the Government to implement plans capable of guaranteeing the training of farmers and encouraging them to organize themselves into agricultural cooperatives.
He also urged the Executive to help small farmers to market their products, fight against speculation and the multiplicity of commercial mediators.
To generate employment and transmit experiences, Mohamed VI undertook to open some sectors for the first time to foreign investors, such as health, which until now was not authorized for foreigners.