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Moroccans back their king's constitutional plans

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Moroccans back their king's constitutional plans


Initial polling results show Moroccans overwhelming support constitutional changes proposed by their king. The amendments would lead to greater democracy in the future and the 73 per cent turnout is being seen as a boost for the head of state.

King Mohammed made the proposals to satisfy Arab Spring style protests that have been taking place in the country. However, critics say the changes would not go far enough in curbing the monarch’s powers as he would still be head of the government, the army, religious authorities and the judiciary.

Vote counting so far shows more than 98 per cent support for his plans. Protesters had urged people not to vote, and the high turnout may be an indication that the type of popular uprising seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and other Arab countries do not have the same support in Morocco.

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