The people of Morocco will soon make their feelings clear at the ballot box.
Trying to get an impression of the elite opinion, Euronews has spoken to Ridouane Erramdani, the Director of News at Radio Mediation in Casablanca.
“The issue of the King’s powers is a relative one, he says. According to the political figures involved, the mechanism of the consultation process proves that the King has handed over a lot of power and has also re-distributed a lot. He has also reinforced the authority of the government and parliament. This might not be ideal, but it is certainly not as bad a situation as some would have you think. The new constitution is not on the same level as those of Europe’s democratic monarchies, but it is a long way from those in the Gulf or the presidential regimes of our Middle East neighbours.”