Morocco Votes On Political Reforms Referendum

Jul 1, 2011
Originally published on July 1, 2011 5:07 pm
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NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro was in Casablanca for election day.

LOURDES GARCIA: In fact, one of the members of the 20th of February movement, which began a series of protests seeking democratic change in Morocco, is quick to assure me that he likes the king.

ABU AMAR: (Foreign language spoken)

GARCIA: He complains the process for changing the constitution was opaque and controlled by the king's supporters, and Abu Amar says the government has all but silenced the opposition in the run-up to the vote, using mosques and state TV to push the message.

AMAR: (Foreign language spoken)

GARCIA: At a cafe, a group of elder jurists, including one former minister, explained why they are supporting the changes this way.

MOHAMMAD LUTGERI: (Foreign language spoken)

GARCIA: By day's end, some 60 percent of registered voters had cast ballots according to the Moroccan interior ministry, a strong showing. And because those who are opposed to the constitutional changes were told to stay away, pretty much everyone who voted voted yes.

ALAL: (Foreign language spoken)

GARCIA: Unidentified Man: (Foreign language spoken)

GARCIA: Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR News, Casablanca. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.