Moroccans began voting Friday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that would weaken King Mohammed VI's powers and boost those of the government.
The king announced the referendum in a rare address to the nation last month after unprecedented protests swept the North African country.
If the draft is ratified in the referendum, its most radical change would be empowering voters to select a prime minister, ending the longstanding practice in which the king has selected his own man for the job.
The prime minister has tended to take his lead from the sovereign on key matters of state.
About 40,000 polling places have opened across the country to allow 13 million-plus eligible voters to cast their ballots, the state news agency Maghreb Arabe Press said Friday.FULL STORY