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Morocco protesters encouraged by King's speech

King Mohammed VI, with his speech announcing constitutional reforms, improved his ratings by the Moroccan pro-democracy movement. "It shows he is listening," say typical reactions. The Moroccan King went far in compromising during his televised speech last night, addressing many of the issues raised by the pro-democracy movement. Mohammed VI previously had not been the main target for protesters, and his speech further increased his popularity.

In his speech, he promised to initiate "comprehensive reforms" in "continuing interaction" with all stakeholders, not including the youth and the protest movement. Reforms would build on the current "regionalisation process" furthering decentralisation of power, but also include constitutional reform.[more]
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