Moroccan king urges prompt elections to speed reforms

RABAT - Morocco's King Mohammed called on Saturday for prompt parliamentary polls to expedite a new constitution that reduces his powers, after months of protests inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.
At the helm of the Arab world's longest-serving dynasty, King Mohammed acted swiftly to contain any spillover from the Arab Spring, promising constitutional changes on March 9, two weeks after protests spread to Morocco.A new constitution was endorsed in a referendum on July 1 but has failed to end peaceful protests by the youth-led February 20 movement, which is pushing for a constitutional monarchy in which the king remains purely as a figurehead.
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