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Morocco's king calls for reforms on the anniversary of his 20th year in power

King of Morocco Mohammed VI in a file photo
King of Morocco Mohammed VI in a file photo file photo

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, in a speech celebrating his 20 years on the throne, called on the government to find “new blood” for the kingdom, pointing out that development policy is insufficient for citizen’s needs.

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The king is looking for "people with a different mentality and officials who are capable of raising performance levels." He called on Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani to name new candidates in the fall.

Mohammed has called for a committee to oversee government reforms in education, health and investments, seemingly to improve the standard of living for his country where poverty and unemployment is high.

The Justice Ministry released a statement on Monday saying the king pardoned 4,764 prisoners, a tradition marking Throne Day, the annual anniversary of when the king ascended to power.

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