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Vol 52 No 13

Published 24th June 2011


Reform dilemma

Traditional constituencies linked into the Makhzen system will probably swing the 1 July referendum in favour of King Mohammed VI’s proposed constitutional reforms. Makhzen means that palace and local elites, along with ‘loyalist’ political parties, control swathes of Morocco’s political, social and economic life. Yet the reforms weaken the King’s powerbase and will not appease his critics. With recent spending commitments leaving a gaping hole in any incoming government’s budget, the Arab Spring may yet catch up with ‘M6’ (AC Vol 52 No 11, Can the King stop the spring?).

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