The Moroccan monarch has responded to recent protests with a raft of changes to the country’s political system. His motives may be a mystery, but Mohammed VI could recover some of the reformist kudos he enjoyed earlier in his reign and which he seemed to have lost.
The speed limit on highways will be reduced to 110 kph from today in a bid to curb Spain’s rising energy bill. The savings, however, may be far from what the government expects.
Protests in Morocco have not been as intense as in many neighbouring nations, despite some outbreaks of violence. However, if he is to avoid more alarming scenes, the monarch must take some big decisions – and soon.
The regime of King Mohammed VI is different in some crucial ways to those of Tunisia and Egypt. However, Rabat should still take its neighbours’ unrest very seriously indeed.