Monday, May 01, 2006
The Daily Star - Opinion Articles - Moroccan Islamists concentrate on competence, not Zionism: "These highly pragmatic technocrats are now increasingly coming to the forefront in the party. PJD leaders parachuted several of them into the top ranks of electoral lists in the 2003 local elections, knowing that candidates capable of managing budgets, multi-party coalitions, and interacting with governors would be more effective than school teachers (the largest pool of PJD candidates and current deputies). By setting up projects centered on improving public services, such as low-income housing or waste management, the technocrats must now show that the party can indeed make a difference. Their experience may indicate the extent to which the PJD - or perhaps any party with an ethical message - can survive the hazards of governance in the Middle East and North Africa."