Morocco says early elections set for Nov 25

August 16, 2011 14:52

RABAT - Morocco on Tuesday said it would hold a parliamentary election on Nov. 25, ten months ahead of schedule, as the kingdom rushed to adopt constitutional reforms designed to head off an "Arab spring"-style uprising.

The poll was originally planned for September next year. But Morocco's King Mohammed has said he wants early elections to create a new government to enact the reforms that were approved in a referendum last month.

The measures would see him hand some of his powers to elected officials while retaining a decisive say in strategic areas.

Setting the new poll date has involved delicate negotiations between the interior ministry, which oversees elections, and some political parties who say more time is needed to make sure the vote is fraud-proof.

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