King Mohammed VI gives Morocco his own Revolution

  March 12, 2011 at 3:24 am by

In a televised address on Wednesday, 47-year-old King Mohammed VI promised a package of constitutional reforms, including a democratically elected prime minister.
Morocco’s new style of government would reflect “the will of the people through the ballot box,” the king said. The prime minister is currently an appointee of the King.

Mohammed VI called on political parties, trade unions, youth groups and civil society groups to work with a committee he has set up that is charged with revising the constitution. He intends to work quickly, and the committee is to report back by June. The draft constitution will then be sent to the people to vote in a referendum likely in September or October.

The King’s speech drew praise at home and from key allies, France and Spain, yesterday for his promise of sweeping reforms but Moroccans warned they wanted him to follow through with concrete results. Political parties said his address was historic and opened the way for a modern Morocco that could be an example to the Arab world. Opposition Islamist Justice and Development Party lawmaker Saad Eddine Othmani said the king had responded to the expectations of many, including the youth who led pro-reform protests on February 20.

The Monarch’s speech was also highly welcomed by International Community: Washington hailed the Sovereign as “a reformer responding to people’s aspirations”, the US State Department spokesperson P.J Crowley affirmed at a press briefing held recently at the Foreign Press Centre in Washington. In Madrid, the Spanish government has highly commended the “historic” reforms, saying they are “important” and “respond to the aspirations of the Moroccan people.” Mohamed VI also had a phone conversation with France’s President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who congratualted the Sovereign on the profound constitutional reform; he received a similar phone call from the Spanish Monarch too.

Morocco has remained stable despite dozens of nation-wide protests in which six died while despots in neighbouring North African countries have fallen or continue to wage war against rebellious citizens.

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3 Responses to King Mohammed VI gives Morocco his own Revolution

  1. Zohra Tridane says:

    King Mohammed VI may ALLAH bless him, he is very good king. We ask ALLAH to help him, he is very smart king, He is doing good think for Moroccan people and Morocco as Country and I am sure that Moroccan Citizen love King Mohammed VI.

    ALLAH BLESS MOROCCO AND THE KING MOHAMMED VI

    Regards,

    ZOHRA TRIDANE

  2. honest be says:

    There is no opportunity for hardworking ordinary Moroccans to get good jobs. It is the Bourgeoisie who can afford to give their children a French education, send them to French universities, who end up getting the best jobs and usually via contacts. There are very few scholarships to help the poor.
    Even foreigners are fed up with these Moroccans who run the big companies and do what they want.They make their own rules and do not play fairly. If this does not change there will be a bigger revoloution in Morocco and the foreigners will be part of it.
    Transparency and fairness in Morocco.
    Monarchs should take a look at the british Royal family if they want to stay in their role. The world is changing.

  3. NOUREDDINE TRIDANE says:

    King Mohammed VI may ALLAH bless him, he is very good king. We ask ALLAH to help him, he is very smart king, He is doing good think for Moroccan people and Morocco as Country and I am sure that Moroccan Citizen love King Mohammed VI.

    ALLAH BLESS MOROCCO AND THE KING MOHAMMED VI

    Regards,

    NOUREDDINE TRIDANE

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