King Mohammed VI gives Morocco his own Revolution
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.Filed under Moroccan Royals
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