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Rabat – Morocco’s parliament passed an anti-corruption bill expanding the powers of the National Commission for Integrity, Prevention, and Fight Against Corruption. The bill falls under the authority of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (CNAC) which outlined a 10-year plan for stopping corruption in Morocco.
The new bill will extend the oversight and supervisory functions of the National Commission for Integrity, Prevention, and Fight Against Corruption while streamlining the public prosecuting process. However, the bill does not include new strategies for stopping corruption.
Before the implementation of the bill, the regulatory bodies were limited in jurisdiction over cases of corruption at state and local levels. The government passed the bill to fulfill its goals for the CNAC and continue to work towards achieving the 10-year timeline.
Officials stated that the passing of the bill came with “great hesitation”, as some policymakers suggested more anti-corruption measures to be implemented into the bill.
Professor of Administrative Law at Rabat’s Mohammed V University Abdel Hafez Adamino called upon the government to stress the severity of corruption and emphasized the importance of government transparency in anti-corruption policymaking.
The bill did not have an impact on Morocco’s rank in Amnesty International’s corruption index nor the Global Integrity index ranking.
Morocco began its anti-corruption campaign in 2016 by drafting the National Anti-Corruption Strategy which was the predecessor to the CNAC. However, both bodies did not actively combat corruption but rather served as a foundation for future anti-corruption strategizing in Morocco.
The bill is tasked with combating corruption in public sectors such as justice, administration, security, and health.
Stopping corruption in all sectors remains a top priority for Morocco, although many are skeptical of the new bill, claiming the implementation of the outlined strategies is difficult in the current system.