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King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the sidelines of the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015, in New Delhi on October 29, 2015.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has issued a royal decree, ordering elections to be held for representative bodies from Morocco’s Jewish communities.

The organization of the elections is to be arranged by Morocco’s Interior Ministry, according to a report published by the European Jewish Press (EJP). Such elections have not been held since 1969.

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The king also reportedly asked the Interior Minister to ensure the elections would be held on a regular basis.

The decision to renew the elections was welcomed by Serge Berdugo, Secretary-General of the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco, who said it “meets the legitimate expectations” of the members of the Jewish communities of Morocco.

Berdugo said in a statement that the royal instructions “allow to envisage the future with serenity,” and to “trust fully the authorities for the organization of these elections.”

The decree came a few days after a visit to Fez by the king, where he launched the construction of the Museum of Jewish Culture. Berdugo praised the project as having “extraordinary symbolic significance,” saying it would “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.”

Some 2,500 Jews currently live in Morocco.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.