Saturday, July 2, 2011

Moroccans Approve New Constitution

Moroccan voters on Friday overwhelmingly approved a new Constitution.  Preliminary results show the referendum passed with over 98 percent of the vote, with over 72 percent voter turnout.  Here's the BBC's very helpful Q&A.

King Mohammed VI proposed the "comprehensive constitutional reform" in reaction to the protests there that began on February 20--Morocco's version of the Arab Spring protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.  According to reports, the changes are designed to shift power away from the King and toward the Prime Minister and Parliament, ensure an independent judiciary, and make Berber an official language alongside Arabic.  (We'll post the text of the new Constitution as soon as we can track it down.)

But despite the seemingly overwhelming approval, there are strong dissenting voices.  The changes have been criticized for not going far enough, and the process has been critized for stifling debate.

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