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    Morocco Goes to the Polls | Fracking Debate Reignited Across UK

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    Moroccans go to the polls today in national elections, but could political disillusionment and lack of trust in political parties result in voter apathy and low turnout? Also, as the UK Government overturns a council decision, thereby allowing fracking, the Scottish Government bans a similar gas extraction method - underground coal gasification.

    Moroccans take to the polls today to vote in the national parliamentary elections. While the ruling Justice and Development Party are tipped to come out on top, human rights concerns and a potential lack of trust in the nation's political system could result in a low voter turnout. We speak to Ahmed Benchemsi from Human Rights Watch.

    The UK Government overruled the decision made by a local council yesterday, by granting permission to oil and gas company Cuadrilla to begin fracking in Lancashire, England. Just hours later the Scottish Government announced it would be banning the similar gas extraction method, underground coal gasification. We speak to Dr Doug Parr, Chief scientist at Greenpeace, Dr Paul Monaghan, MP for the Scottish National Party.

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