Morocco's King Mohammed VI pledges constitutional reform


Morocco's King Mohammed VI pledges constitutional reform
by Darius Kadivar

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has promised "comprehensive constitutional reform" in the north African country.

In Morocco King Mohammed VI has announced plans to introduce constitutional reforms. Themonarch appeared live on national television and said a committee would look at changes aimed at improving democracy and the rule of law. 

As King he enjoys wide ranging royal prerogatives such as choosing a prime minister and holdings way over the judiciary. 

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In his first speech since last month's protests across the nation, the king said that "individual and collective liberties will be expanded".

He said he would give up the power to name the prime minister, who would be chosen byparliament.

This meets some of the demands of street rallies, similar to those seen in Tunisia and Egypt.

Protesters want some of the king's powers to be handed over to a newly elected government.

'Our model'

"We have decided to undertake a comprehensive constitutional reform," King Mohammed said in the televised speech to the nation.

He said that a committee had already been set up to work on the revisions, with proposals to be submitted to him by June.

The monarch added that more powers would be given to Morocco's regions, saying it would help consolidate "our model of democracy and development".

He would also hand over some powers to the prime minister.

It was his first public speech since thousands of people rallied in several cities on 20 February.

Some rioting did take place, especially in the north, where five people died at a bank that was set on fire, but there were otherwise few clashes between protesters and the police, who had been ordered to avoid confrontation.

Since then, young activists have been using social networking websites to call for major rallies on 20 March "for dignity and large-scale political reforms", including a constitutional monarchy.

Morocco has also been facing severe economic problems.

King Mohammed has said the fight against poverty and high unemployment is his priority, but some non-government groups say little has changed.

Morocco - like Egypt and Algeria - does allow limited freedom of expression and has so far been able to contain protests.

Like Jordan it is a monarchy with strong support among sections of the public.

About Photo:
In this photo released by the Royal Palace, Morocco's King Mohammed VI flanked by his son Moulay El Hassan, left ,and his Brother Prince Moulay Rachid, right , listen to the national anthem after he delivered a speech to the nation, Wednesday, March, 9, 2011 at the king's Palace in Rabat. Morocco's king announced constitutional changes in a rare speech, aimed at consolidating democracy. (AP Photo/Royal Palace/HO

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by oktaby on

of Red Wine are right on. The statement that 'Morocco has been facing severe economic problems' is less than accurate. Morocco is better off in many ways than most Middle East countries despite lack of oil or massive natural resources, and has weathered financial crisis period rather well. RE prices have been stable and general inflation under control.

The problem is extensive corruption that has become a fact of life, and persistent unemployment. The king is quite popular by all accounts but reform is expected and has been more meaningful, even if slow, than others for several years now. The problem is the structure of ruling system that has inheritted ungly and control habits from Hassan II.

This is a perfect opening for M VI to clean up garbage from his dad's time and indeed consolidate power from several families in the background for more substancial change. I hope he is astute enough, not to miss this golden opportunity. They are a blessed nation. No oil. And no one to give them b.s. interpretation of the folly (I mean holly) book.

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soltan mohamad.

by pedro on

Unlike that idiot Ghadafi in Libya, Sultan mohamad does not call himself KING OF KING.

There was only one King deserving that title, His Royal Highness Korush the Great King of Kings, King of Persia, period. 

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سخنرانی سلطان محمد ششم مغرب زمین را دیدیم.

ایشان محکم صحبت کردند اما لرزش‌های عصبی تارهای صوتی ایشان مکرّر بود! ۲ بار هم کلمات را ناقص ادا کردند.

نوشتار از روی دستپاچگی نبود ،مشخص بود که نویسنده گان منظور سلطان را به خوبی‌ بیان کرده اند با این حال از یک سری مطالب سرباز زده شد، پس تکلیف صحرا چه میشود؟ مردمان صحرا چه ؟! تکلیف آزادی روزنامه نگاران چه میشود؟ سلطان تنها اشاره یی کوتاه به دموکراسی کردند و آنرا جوری معنا کردند که ما انگاری از گرفتاریهای سرزمین مغرب بی‌ خبریم !

به هر حال باز جلوی ضرر را از جا گیری منفعت است ،مغربیان سلطان را دوست دارند اما ایشان از لطف و محبت مردم نباید سوی استفاده کنند... رشوه خواری و بیکاری مغرب را از پا درآورده است.

امیدواریم که مرحمتی شود و دولت جدید خدمت کند و از این موقعیت استفاده کنند که صبر مردم اندازه دارد.

با سپاس از داریوش خان.