Moroccan Referendum

July 1, 2011, midnight

Thousands of Moroccans took to the streets on Sunday in protest over last Friday's constitutional referendum. The opposition February 20 movement disputed the results, which showed a turnout rate of 72.65% with 98.49% of voters approving the changes. The referendum was called in response to the February 20 movement, which called for a boycott of the referendum because the process did not take the opposition into consultation. The referendum asked Moroccans to vote yes or no to a blanket of constitutional reforms. Among the reforms were provisions that would give the parliament and the prime minister increased powers and guarantee the independence of the judiciary. Morocco will hold parliamentary elections on October 7, 2011.

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