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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More Takes on the Moroccan Constitutional Proposals

Yesterday I offered a roundup of links to opinions on the Moroccan constitutional proposals. 

Here are some more. Issandr El Amrani (The Arabist), who's of Moroccan-American background though based in Egypt, offers his own roundup of links, as well as a translation of a detailed post by Moroccan blogger Larbi on why he is opposed to the proposal, more or less article by article. If you prefer to see Larbi's article in the original French, or check out his blog more generally, go here.

On the positive side of the coin, Ken Pollack at the Saban Center at Brookings gives a more optimistic view here.

I'm still reserving judgment. After nearly 12 years on the throne Muhammad VI has earned something of a reputation as a reformer, and the worst abuses of his father's reign have been tempered, but he has also not appeared to be prepared to abandon historical royal prerogatives. Keep reading both sides and keep watching developments would be my recommendation. That's what I intend to do.

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