Moroccan Imams asked to stay out of electoral contests
As the elections date approaches, a reminder of the importance of the separation of politics and religion was needed. Especially since the PJD (Justice and Development Party) is accused of making mosques a recruitment space.
Imams must remain neutral in the elections of 7 October. That is basically the contents of the note sent on August 1st by Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, to all the imams of the country.
“Assabah” daily considered this note as “ a real slap for the PJD,” adding that This decision comes after reports from sources close to the interior ministry.
These reports reveal that some imams and preachers began to maneuver to strengthen the electoral support for the PJD who is accused by parties like the USFP (Socialist Union of Popular Forces) and the PAM (Authenticity and Modernity Party) of “using the mosques of the kingdom for their election campaign and registration of citizens as voters,” the newspaper said.
In his note to the delegates from the different provinces of the country, the Minister called imams and other people in charge of the mosques to “avoid any action, any direct or indirect support of any candidate, political party or union.” Assabah daily reports that this action aims to maintain the neutrality of mosques and imams.