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Protests to continue in Morocco despite referendum

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Protests to continue in Morocco despite referendum


Despite a referendum confirming changes to the constitution, protesters in Morocco do not think the changes will go far enough. The February 20 democracy movement took to the streets on Sunday, rejecting the amended constitution. Up to 2,000 people marched through the capital Rabat, using the demonstration as a chance to also rail against corruption. The group is pledging to keep up weekly protests until they get what they see as real reform.

On Friday the country voted in a referendum on the reforms proposed by the King, and the results showed overwhelming support, with more than 98 per cent saying yes.

Not everyone is pushing for more changes, as there were also rallies on Sunday in support of the King, who remains popular.

The reforms will not bring the parliamentary monarchy demanded by the democracy movement, as the King will still be the head of state and lead the military. However, the head of government will now be from the political party with the biggest majority.

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