Morocco Votes On Political Reforms Referendum
MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
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.
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