Thousands protest in Morocco

20 June 2011

Protesters dissatisfied with new constitution

About 10,000 protesters took to the streets on 19 June in Casablanca, Morocco, to demonstrate against the King’s reform plans.

On Friday 17 June, King Mohammed VI outlined plans for a new constitution, which includes devolving some of his powers to the Parliament. He also declared Morocco a constitutional monarchy.

The King will maintain his control over security and will remain the head of the army and religion. This has disappointed opponents who feel the King should hand over all his executive powers to elected officials.

Protesters also called for constitutional changes drawn up by a democratically elected committee instead.

A referendum will be put to the people on 1 July.

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