Thousands of demonstrators held largely peaceful rallies in Rabat and Casablanca on Sunday to demand greater political reforms. The demonstrations are the latest in a series of protests held over the past few months demanding more social justice.
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Inspired by uprisings that ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, the movement has been holding regular protests for months to demand a parliamentary monarchy and that officials they accuse of graft be brought to justice.
King Mohammed is supposed to hand over some of his powers to elected officials under the reform which still keeps him at the centre of every strategic decision. The move is viewed in other Arab monarchies as a test case for whether reform can hold back the wave of "Arab Spring" uprisings sweeping the region.
Date created : 2011-07-11