France hails Morocco king's 'brave' reforms

10th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

France hailed Morocco's King Mohammed VI Thursday for a "brave" pledge of democratic reforms in the north African country whose regional neighbours have been shaken by violent revolts.

"King Mohammed VI's speech yesterday is responsible and brave," said French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero.

"We are convinced that is a major speech for Morocco and for all the region, particularly in the current context," he added, referring to the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and revolts in Libya, Yemen and elsewhere.

The king Wednesday promised "a comprehensive constitutional reform," in his first speech since deadly violence erupted last month after protests in Morocco for social justice and limits on royal powers.

He pledged to draw up a new draft constitution, including real powers for a popularly elected prime minister instead of a royal appointee, as well as a free judiciary.

"The announcements concerning justice, women's rights, pluralism, Moroccan identity and terms for regionalisation are all significant and exemplary," Valero said.

"We are fully confident in the Moroccan people's and authorities' determination to carry through these reforms and thus develop their own democratic model."

© 2011 AFP

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