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April 24, 2019 11:19 am

Morocco’s Jewish Community to Hold First Democratic Elections in Five Decades

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Zaouit el Bir Dades Jewish Cemetery, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco. Photo: Joaoleitao/Wikimedia Commons. – Morocco’s Jewish community will hold its first elections in half a century to select its communal representatives.

King Mohammed VI instructed the Minister of the Interior to supervise elections for the positions, which have been unfulfilled since 1969, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry on Friday.

The ruler also called for the elections to occur periodically in accordance with the provisions of Dahir of May 7, 1945, a royal decree about “the reorganization of the Jewish communities,” reported Asharq Al-Awsat.

About 2,500 Jews currently reside in Morocco, which once boasted a community of 270,000 Jews, most of whom fled after Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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