Moroccan King Vows to Reduce His Powers in Reform Effort

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Friday promised reforms that will limit his political and religious powers in a series of constitutional changes.

The king announced the proposals in a televised nighttime address to the nation. Moroccans will be able to vote next month in a referendum on the changes, which would strengthen the office of prime minister and the parliament.

The proposed changes follow nationwide pro-reform demonstrations in recent months inspired by popular uprisings sweeping the Arab world.

The proposals were crafted by a reform panel appointed by the king in March.

Protesters have been demanding improved civil rights and an end to corruption.