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Morocco's unions protest government, economy

  • In this Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 photo, tourists walk in Casablanca, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

RABAT: Thousands of members of two of Morocco's largest labor unions have marched through the capital to protest the Islamist-led government's planned economic reforms and failure to stem unemployment and inflation.

Chanting, the "people want the fall of the government" and calling for the departure of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, union members dressed in bright yellow baseball caps and smocks marched through Rabat on Sunday in a light rain.

Benkirane's moderate Islamist party won the most seats in elections following pro-democracy uprisings in 2011, and he took the helm of the government promising to fight corruption and address the North African country's huge gap between rich and poor.

His fractious coalition has achieved little, however, and is currently embroiled in the sensitive process of reforming the massive subsidies and pension systems.

 
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