Moroccan king to address nation on TV

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2011 9:56 AM
Moroccan king to address nation on TV

Morocco's state news agency says King Mohammed VI will make a rare speech to the nation on radio and TV amid the political upheaval that has rocked the Arab world.

The kingdom has avoided the persistent unrest that brought down regimes in fellow north African countries like Tunisia and Egypt. However, five people died in violence linked to protests across Morocco on Feb. 20.

The main target of those protests was parliament, where many Moroccans fear their voices have not been heard _ even though the king retains absolute power.

The MAP news agency said the king will address "his faithful people" Wednesday night. An ally of Europe and the United States, he is widely seen as a reformer compared to his iron-fisted father Hassan II.