Morocco

98% approve new constitution


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More than 98% of the 72.65% of Moroccans who voted on Friday supported a new constitution curbing the powers of King Mohammed VI.

Under the new constitution the King will remain head of state, the military and Islamic institutions. It will also give a prime minister chosen from the largest party powers to form a government and dissolve parliament. The proposals also strengthen the role of the judiciary, give more gender balance and recognise Berber as a national language.

Although some opponents say that the King hasn’t gone far enough, this is clearly a major shift towards a constitutional monarchy and one of which, as can be seen from the results, has the approval of the people.

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