Moroccan king holds firm after call for less power

RABAT Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:24pm EST

RABAT Feb 21 (Reuters) - Morocco's King Mohammed said he will not cede to "demagoguery" a day after thousands of Moroccans took to the street to demand he gives up some of his powers to a newly elected government. [ID:nLDE71J06Q]

The monarch, speaking after he chaired a ceremony for long-awaited appointments of members of a Social and Economic Council, said that building an effective democracy should go hand in hand with sustainable human development.

The remarks were carried by the official MAP news agency. (Reporting by Souhail Karam; editing by Alison Williams)

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