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  • ** FILE ** Moroccan King Mohammed VI speaks in August 2009 on the 10-year anniversary of his ascension to the throne, flanked by his son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan III (left), and his brother Moulay Rachid. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

    Morocco's king avoids calls for regime change

    As one Arab ruler after another confronts violent protests at home, Morocco has bucked the trend: King Mohammed VI has sidestepped calls for regime change with preemptive concessions to diminish his own power.

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  • "The king is taking charge of the constitutional reform, which allows him to control the extent to which new measures will be allowed," she says. "By kick-starting the process and openly supporting it, he is not only going to stay in control, he will also be cementing the view held by the general population and the international community as the person to go to when real decisions need to be made, as well as the view of him as a reformer."

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  • The proof of change will come when the revised constitution actually limits the king's powers, said Ms. Storm, which she believes is unlikely.

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