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Moroccan king seeks government shake-up to calm frustrations

Posted at 12:42 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 03:42:33-04

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s king is calling for a government reshuffle, seeking “new blood” and saying the country’s development policy isn’t doing enough to meet citizens’ needs.

In a speech Monday night marking his 20 years on the throne, King Mohammed VI reproached the Islamist-led government and tasked Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani with proposing new government candidates in the fall.

Mohammed wants a committee to oversee the government’s reforms on investment, education and health. Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told The Associated Press “the committee would make sure that all Moroccans can benefit from development projects.”

Morocco recently launched one of the world’s biggest solar plants and one of the fastest trains in Africa, but poverty rates remain high and social frustration has led to two major protests in the past three years.