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Morocco’s King orders the organization of elections of representatives bodies of Jewish communities

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The royal instruction comes a few days after a visit of King Mohammed VI in Fez where he launched work for the construction of the Museum of Jewish culture which, according to Serge Berdugo,  is of ‘’ an extraordinary  symbolic significance.’’ .’’ It will allow people who come from all over to see how, for hundreds of years, Jews and Muslims lived peacefully in Morocco and created an art of living together”.

RABAT— King Mohammed VI of Morocco has ordered the organization of elections of the representative bodies of the Moroccan Jewish communities.

The Interior Ministry will have to take care of the organization of these elections which have not been held  since 1969.

The king has also asked the Interior Minister  to ensure from now on the respect of the periodicity of the renewal of these instances.

The  decision to renew with the elections was welcomed by Serge Berdugo, Secretary General of the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco. ‘’It meets the legitimate expectations” of the members of the Jewish communities of Morocco.

In a statement, Serge Berdugo said that these royal instructions “allow to envisage the future with serenity” and t’’o trust fully the authorities for the organization of these elections .’’

The Secretary Generaladded that the Council of Jewish Communities will make available to the Interior Ministry  “lines of thought” and hopes for the adoption of a “Modus Operendi for the organization of transparent and credible elections in conditions that preserve the cohesion, solidarity and harmony of the Israelite community.’’

The royal instruction comes a few days after a visit of King Mohammed VI in Fez where he launched work for the construction of the Museum of Jewish culture which, according to Serge Berdugo,  is of ‘’ an extraordinary  symbolic significance.’’ .’’ It will allow people who come from all over to see how, for hundreds of years, Jews and Muslims lived peacefully in Morocco and created an art of living together”.

Around 2,500 Jews live in Morocco.

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