• Short Summary

    Moroccans have overwhelmingly approved a change to the constitution allowing King Hassan's eldest son to succeed to the throne at the age of 16 instead of 18.

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    GV & CU Crowds holding election posters and banners surrounding musicians. (6 SHOTS)
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    GV & CU Moroccan flag flying over outdoor rally held by Minister of Finance H. Kamal Regai (2 SHOTS)
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    LV & CU PAN Minister addressing rally. (3 SHOTS)
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    SV & CU Crowd applauding.
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    LV PAN Queues outside polling station.
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    CU INTERIOR Minister voting.
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    SV & CU People leaving booths and voting. (6 SHOTS)
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    LV PAN Queues outside polling station.
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    Background: Moroccans have overwhelmingly approved a change to the constitution allowing King Hassan's eldest son to succeed to the throne at the age of 16 instead of 18. The Interior Ministry said on Saturday (24 may) that more than 99 percent of the six and a half million Moroccans who voted approved the amendment. On May 30th, voters will be asked to give their approval to a further proposal to lengthen the terms of members of Parliament from four to six years.

    SYNOPSIS: Before voting in Friday's (23 May) referendum began, crowds were entertained by musicians at a rally in Rabat.

    King Hassan, who is 50, has been on the throne for 20 years, and he has made it clear that he may abdicate soon in favour of Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed, who was 16 last August.

    At the Rabat rally, Finance Minister H. Kamal Regai urged voters to support the constitutional change.

    King Hassan has announced that he also proposed to enlarge the Regency Council from 10 members to 13. The Council would advise the new King until he is 20, when he reaches the age of majority.

    There was a high turnout for the referendum and the changes was supported by the three parties in the ruling coalition. The Finance Minister, Mr. Ragai, cast his vote along with other members of the public at a polling station in Rabat.

    Under the old constitution, Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed would not have reached the age of majority -- when he could govern independently -- until he was 22. The constitutional amendment lowers that age to 20, and invests him with administrative powers, advised by the Regency Council, at 16. King Hassan's aim is to strengthen the stability of the monarchy and -- by lengthening Parliamentary terms -- the government as a whole. The country's financial strength has been seriously weakened by the five-year war against Polisario guerrillas in the Western Sahara and the failure of last year's wheat crop.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAIMQKDB68QBQLYC50QQSTQ1IV
    Media URN:
    VLVAIMQKDB68QBQLYC50QQSTQ1IV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
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