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Morocco/new constitution

Published on July 5, 2011
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, July 2, 2011

According to the partial results provided by the Moroccan Interior Ministry, 98.49% of voters on the electoral register voted in favour of the new draft constitution. 9,228,020 people voted, a turnout rate of 72.65%.

We must, of course, wait for the final figures, but it already appears that the Moroccan people have taken a clear, historic decision. In a drastically changed regional situation, where the democratic process has had to be established through – at times, violent – confrontation, and where there are still attempts to stifle it, as in Syria and Yemen, Morocco has, in four months, peacefully and through dialogue, succeeded in passing a milestone.

The constitution was revised on the basis of extensive consultation, involving every political party, trade unions and a wide range of representatives from civil society.

We pay tribute to the Moroccan people’s high turnout for the referendum. It prompted lively, substantial debate, reflected in the media and particularly on the Internet. The referendum campaign was conducted with due regard for democratic rules and the referendum was organized transparently.

France, of course, stands at Morocco’s side in supporting her in this new era and very much hopes that the implementation of this new constitution will bring new progress and new success./.

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