The normal price of onions in Morocco stands around one to two dirhams per kilogram. However, due to hindered domestic agricultural output this year caused by delayed – almost absent – rainfall, its price has increased to 14 dirhams for just one kilogram over the past few months. To combat high prices, Morocco has been importing onions in large quantities.
This, along with Prime Minister Benkirane’s austerity measures enacted to offset the effects of impending drought, may have repercussions for this fall’s elections and, more generally, the Moroccan people’s faith in their leaders. Most people seen Benkirane as a good man who wants the best for his country, but critics like Maâti Monjib argue that Benkirane’s policies make him more of a collaborator with palace elites than an advocate of democracy. Which view is the correct one remains to be seen.