Morocco

  • Area 710,850 kmq
  • GDB 103.08 billion $
  • Population 33,848,242
  • Inflation 1,50% (2015)
  • Average age 27,5
Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) Home only to grazing sheep just a decade or so ago, a stretch of Moroccan coastline near Tangiers is now abuzz as its new port presses full speed ahead towards expansion. Inaugurated in 2007, the Tanger-Med port complex, not far from the Strait of Gibraltar, handled 51.3 million tonnes of cargo — on a par with the Port of London. Its industrial park, connected to a free-trade zone, is creating jobs at a rate that “exceeds expectations”, according to port chief Jaafar Mrhardy. With 750 companies andRead More
Erfoud (Morocco) (AFP) Battling gusts of sandy wind, riders from across the world struggled to control feisty stallions as they raced in the first Gallops of Morocco, a desert endurance challenge. In a country with an ancient history of horsemanship, the event in the wilderness of Merzouga was the first of its kind — a six-day test of stamina, navigation and teamwork. Competitors spend four to seven hours a day in the saddle, covering up to 30 kilometres (18 miles) of rough terrain a day. “You need a certain physicalRead More
Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Two days after officially submitting Morocco’s bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country’s readiness and determination to host the game. “The dice has not been cast…Morocco has all the chances,” he said. The North African kingdom has pre-selected 12 cities to host the competitionRead More
Rabat (AFP) Moroccan authorities have arrested two leaders of protests that began last December in the northeastern Moroccan town of Jerada, relatives said on Sunday. Amine Mkallech and Mustapha Dainane were arrested on Saturday and were still being held on Sunday, they said. Dainane was arrested following a traffic accident at 1:00 am on Thursday, according to a statement from the general prosecutor’s office in the nearby town of Oujda. His arrest “has no connection with the events in the city of Jerada”, an impoverished former coal mining town, itRead More
Rabat (AFP) Morocco’s King Mohammed VI “successfully” underwent a heart operation in a Paris clinic on Monday for an irregular heart beat, his medical team announced. The doctors, in a statement, said the 54-year-old monarch had felt the symptoms on January 20. “Radiofrequency ablation of the arrhythmia,” or irregular rhythm, had successfully normalised his heart beat. King Mohammed, who would resume his normal activities after a period of rest prescribed by his doctors, has ruled Morocco since the death of his father Hassan in July 1999. He underwent an eyeRead More
Rabat (AFP) A prominent Moroccan newspaper publisher and journalist arrested last week has been referred to the prosecution for alleged “sexual assault”, his lawyer said on Monday. Taoufiq Bouachrine, known for his editorials criticising officials in the North African country and who had previous run-ins with the authorities, was arrested on Friday at his newspaper, Akhbar al-Yaoum. A colleague said around 20 plain-clothed policemen raided the newspaper and detained him. But defence attorney Mohamed Ziane dismissed the accusations against his client, suggesting his arrest was politically motivated. “His arrest wasRead More
Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) Amin Tighazoui scored from a free-kick to give Wydad Casablanca a 1-0 CAF Super Cup victory over TP Mazembe Saturday as the video assistant referee (VAR) system was used for the first time in Africa. The goal that separated Champions League winners Wydad of Morocco and Confederation Cup title-holders Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo came on 83 minutes in Casablanca. France-born Tighazoui, who was not part of the Champions League-winning team last November, curled the set-piece over the defensive wall and past outstanding goalkeeper SylvainRead More
Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) Moroccan police on Saturday detained a journalist and summoned for questioning two employees from an independent media group, a day after its outspoken publisher was detained, his newspaper said. Prominent publisher and journalist Taoufiq Bouachrine, known for editorials critical of authorities in the North African country, was arrested Friday during a raid by 20 plainclothed policemen on the Akhbar al-Yaoum daily in Casablanca. The authorities have not given the reason for his detention. Bouachrine, 49, has faced repeated legal cases in the past for allegedly defaming officials.Read More