Moroccans vote on major reforms
A Moroccan casts her ballot Friday in Sale. Proposed changes would enshrine women's rights in the North African country.
July 1st, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Moroccans vote on major reforms

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.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. banasy


    July 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |

    I see that the right-wing news media is bragging about these so-called "reforms" in Morroco. Could they be genuine or is this just another cherade by another Middle Eastern tyrant?

    July 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    I see a dolt who can't come up with his own username.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gia Pet

    It's spelled 'charade'.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |