Moroccans to vote on Constitutional reforms

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June 30, 2011

Moroccan King Mohamed VI at his inauguration in 2007

RABAT, Morocco: On July 1, Moroccan citizens will head to the polls to vote on a package of constitutional reforms. On the heels of local demonstrations in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, citizens staged demonstrations in late February and early March. The current King of the country, Mohamed VI, took the signs and initiated a committee which set forth proposed reforms to the national constitution. Proposed reforms include created a constitutional monarchy and having an elected parliament, civic and social equality for women, official recognition of the Berber language and making the prime minister the head of the government. Some critics see these reforms as not going far enough, but others note that it is a significant first step into more democratic reforms. International leaders and Moroccan political parties all support the proposed reforms.

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