Morocco's king to address the nation Friday

AFP , Thursday 16 Jun 2011

Morocco's King Mohammed VI will give a speech on Friday focus on the National Reform Committee's recommendation on reform changes.

Morocco's King Mohammed VI will address the nation Friday, the palace announced, after a reform panel last week presented him with proposed constitutional changes following calls for more democracy.

The evening address would be broadcast on national radio and television, the palace said in a statement Thursday.
It did not say what the king would speak about but an official source said on condition of anonymity that he would outline the proposed amendments handed to him a week ago.

"The king is going to present the broad lines of the constitutional revision which has been submitted to political parties and will be made public after the royal speech," the source said.

He "will also call for a 'yes' vote for the plan to revise the current constitution," the source told AFP. The proposed reforms are expected to be put to a referendum early July.
They notably foresee a reduction in the powers of the king in favour of a prime minister.

The king in March appointed the commission to propose amendments following the start of pro-democracy demonstrations in Morocco similar to others sweeping the Arab world.

 

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