• Area 710,850 kmq
  • GDB 103.08 billion $
  • Population 33,848,242
  • Inflation 1,50% (2015)
  • Average age 27,5
Marrakesh (Morocco) (AFP) IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Tuesday that “public dissatisfaction is bubbling up” in the Middle East and North Africa, calling for reforms that “respond faster to the expectations and sometimes to the frustration of the people”. Speaking at a conference in Morocco’s Marrakesh, the head of the International Monetary Fund called for “inclusive, sustainable growth” and urged delegates to consider “how do we scale up the reform so it provides for the people?” The two-day “Opportunities for All” conference brought together senior political and business leaders, youngRead More
Rabat (AFP) Hundreds protested on Thursday outside a Moroccan court in support of four journalists being tried for publishing content deemed confidential. The journalists stand accused of publishing in late 2016 excerpts of a parliamentary commission’s debates over huge deficit at the national pension fund. A member of the Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT) is also being prosecuted for providing information on these debates. “Freedom of expression is a red line,” journalists and activists chanted outside the courthouse in the capital Rabat. Thursday’s hearing was adjourned to March 8 as oneRead More
Rabat (AFP) After years fighting to evict tenants he believes are backed by corrupt officials, Slimane Brihmi called a much-heralded anti-graft hotline in Morocco — but it made no difference. Like many countries struggling with endemic corruption, the North African kingdom has launched various initiatives to tackle the phenomenon. The toll-free “Green Number” is an anonymous service launched with much fanfare in June 2015 to let members of the public report on corrupt officials. Hicham Mellati, acting director for criminal cases at the justice ministry and head of the project,Read More
Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) Morocco is “fully mobilised” for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate “for the whole of Africa”, top sports officials said Tuesday. The kingdom “is not a non-starter — it’s a real candidate,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country’s 2026 bid committee. “We are going to put in all our energy,” he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had been delayed. “Our record is and willRead More
Rabat (AFP) A Moroccan court sentenced to death a man over the murder of a member of parliament and jailed his widow, in a case involving sex and money, the government said Tuesday. Abdellatif Merdas, who was a member of the liberal Constitutional Union party, was gunned down near his house in Casablanca in March last year. A local councillor, Hicham Mouchtari, was sentenced to death on Monday after he was convicted of “premeditated murder”, the justice ministry said. Merdas’s widow, Ouafae Bensamadi, was given a life sentence, and aRead More
Rabat (AFP) Two women carrying goods between Morocco and Spain’s Ceuta enclave were killed on Monday in a stampede at the border between the two countries, a rights group and officials said. The stampede took place at the Tarajal II crossing for pedestrians between the Moroccan border town of Fnideq and Ceuta, rights activist Mohamed Benaissa said. Two women in their 40s named Ilham and Souad, both from Fnideq, were killed, the head of Morocco’s Northern Observatory for Human Rights said. Known as “mule women” on the Spanish side ofRead More
Rabat (AFP) Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites. The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity. It has been trialled in the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga this season and debuted in England this week. VAR is scheduled to be used in Morocco from the quarter-finals of a unique national team competitionRead More
Rabat (AFP) Morocco will start a gradual and controlled liberalisation of its currency the dirham from Monday, Prime Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani said after a cabinet meeting. The North African country has had a fixed exchange rate regime for the dirham since the 1970s. It is pegged to the euro and the dollar. Othmani spoke to AFP on Friday after a cabinet meeting during which the long-expected decision was taken. The process of moving towards what the authorities call a “flexible exchange rate” had been expected to begin in July afterRead More