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Moroccans head to polls for new constitution

June 30, 2011, midnight


Moroccans will head to the polls on Friday for a special referendum to approve or reject a new constitution for their country. Under the proposed constitution, the prime minister, not the king, would serve as the head of government, and the monarch must select the prime minster from the largest party in parliament. Currently, the king can choose anyone to be prime minister. Other changes include giving the prime minister the power to dissolve the lower house of parliament and removing language that refers to the king as "sacred." The government will run 520 polling stations outside of Morocco to to allow citizens living abroad to vote.

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