Moroccans Vote on Constitutional Reforms

Published on Friday 1st July 2011

Moroccans are voting on constitutional reforms unveiled last month by King Mohammed amid a pro-democracy uprising. Protesters say the reforms have not gone far enough.On the ballot Friday is a series of proposed changes that would limit the monarch's power while strengthening the office of prime minister and the parliament. The king would choose the prime minister from the party that won elections and would retain exclusive control in religious and military matters. King Mohammed presented the reforms after pro-democracy protests swept Morocco in February. The country's youth-based February 20 Movement has criticized the reform proposal for not meeting "demands for a true separation of powers."  The 47-year-old monarch, who took over the Arab world's longest-serving dynasty in 1999, currently holds virtually all power in the Muslim north African country. He is also its top religious authority as the Commander of the Faithful.

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