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Date:30 Jun 2011
Moroccans vote Tomorrow

The people of Morocco will vote in their 9th referendum on 1st July in the history of the Kingdom to decide on amendments proposed by King Mohammed VI.  Referendum campaigning began Tuesday, June 21 and is expected to end on Thursday 30 of this month at midnight.

Some of the key reforms under the new constitution include;  

-          the King still naming a Prime Minister only this time from within the political party that wins the most seats in Parliament

-          the King still naming judges and retains his right to grant amnesties

-          and he remains the Commander of the Faithful, the top religious authority in the Kingdom

-          a guarantee of Civic and Social equality between men and women and the Prime Minister becoming the ‘head of the government’, with power to dissolve the lower house of Parliament among others.

Though these reforms aim at decentralizing the powers the King wields, it still places him at the realm of helm of the army, religious authorities and the judiciary and still allows him to dissolve parliament, though not unilaterally as is the case now.

Results of an online poll conducted by independent portal Lakome.com showed 46 percent of 34,200 participants saying they would boycott the referendum. Only 44 percent said they would vote in favour, but with only six percent saying they would vote 'no', that would be enough for a clear victory.


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