RABAT - Thousands of supporters and opponents of
constitutional changes offered by Morocco's king protested on Sunday, indicating
debate over the country's future sparked by the "Arab Spring" uprisings has not
Protests took place in three cities and passed off without any
clashes. The biggest show of strength by the opposition was in the northern city
of Tangier where witnesses said about 12,000 marched to press the 47-year-old
king for deeper reforms.
King Mohammed, a staunch ally of the West, is
expected to hand over some of his powers to elected officials under a new
constitution, which was approved in a referendum earlier this month. But he will
retain a say over strategic decisions.