The Secretary General and founder of the New Democrats Party, Mohamed Darif, called for reconciling politics with knowledge and culture.
Guest of the ninth meeting of the MoroccoLatestNews talk show, “The road to the 2021 elections”, the politician did not get rid of his political scientist hat, criticizing at all costs politics and politicians in Morocco.
Like any academician to start from the beginning, Darif assures us that “in Morocco people vote for people and not for programs”. “We hope to lay the foundations of a modern state, because there is no partisan culture comparable to what exists in Western countries,” he argues.
Noting the “premodern” character of electoral events here below, the political scientist affirms that “with us, it is the tribe which chooses the candidates for the elections and not the party” and that “the voters vote for people and not for ideas or programs ”.
Darif: “we live in pre-politics”
“From our experience, I can tell you that we are still far from a real practice of politics… It is as if we were still in the pre-political stage since it is still the tribe that says the last word, ”adds Darif.
“In Morocco,” says Darif, “we cannot differentiate between parties which have conceptions and visions and others which are in fact only an electoral force. We know how the votes are won… No need to come back to this kind of practice ”.
Questioned on the contribution that the New Democrats Party could have, especially since it is a party that did not have convincing results in the previous elections, Darif returned to the reasons for the genesis of the Party of the New Democrats.
” Our party was created in 2014 by a group of militants from the middle class, which has been impoverished – we no longer have a real middle class in Morocco -. From the outset, we adopted the slogan: the need to reconcile politics with knowledge and culture ”.
Because, “we felt that in Morocco, certain parties tried to marginalize the intellectual, the academician and all those who have intellectual capital because politics is practiced by people who have other qualities. This is why we ventured to come into play… ”, he says.
“The idea of the adventure was present from the start”, recalls Darif, saying: “I do not believe that we can separate between political action and the profession of lawyer or teacher …”.
The parties promise mountains and wonders
Alluding to the race for the sponsorship of notables which is unleashed between the major parties as the elections approach, Darif believes that “we cannot present illiterates in the elections and that we are proud when they enter Parliament” .
Regarding electoral programs, Darif considers that the presentation of these as it is at present has a perverse effect in terms of citizen membership.
“I believe that what pushes Moroccans to abstain is the multiplication of electoral promises. What we are presenting in Morocco has nothing to do with the concept of an electoral program. This is why we stress the need to reconcile knowledge and politics, ”analyzes the political scientist.
“Through their interventions on the channels, politicians encourage more citizens to move away from politics and partisan action and even elections,” he adds.
Noting that “there is a big difference between electoral promises and the electoral program”, Darif wishes to recall that “a program starts from a diagnosis of what has been done and proposes alternatives and solutions with precision of mechanisms and means of financing ”.
Considering that “this is what is essential in a real electoral program, the university professor concludes that” any party which claims that it will implement its program is in fact lying to the citizens “.