Category: Morocco

‘Four other students arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the death of student in Fes, as the list of suspects grows to eight,’ Goud (Morocco), 28 April 2014

Moroccan police have arrested four  students following the death of a student who was killed on a university campus in Fes during a confrontation between an Islamist and a Leftist student group. Three of the students are being held on charges of premeditated murder, while the fourth has been released. Continue reading

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‘Student killed during clashes in Fes,’ Annahar (Lebanon), 26 April 2014

Clashes between two student groups at the Dher Mehrez university campus in Fes have left one student dead and two others injured. An Islamist group associated with the current ruling party and a left-wing group clashed on Thursday. The cause of the fighting, in which knives were reported to have been used, has not been determined. Continue reading

‘Morocco expecting significant decline in grain harvest,’ Al-Jazeera (Qatar), 24 April 2014

Low levels of rainfall is causing the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture to prepare for a significant decline in this year’s grain harvest, which could hurt growth prospects for the kingdom. Rising global cereal prices, and alterations to EU conditions on imports have hurt Morocco’s economy. Continue reading

‘Morocco and Libya sign cooperation agreement on maritime transportation and ports,’ Maroc.ma (Morocco), 24 April 2014

Morocco and Libya signed a maritime transportation and ports cooperation agreement on Thursday in Rabat with the intention of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two North African countries. Both sides expect the agreement to lead to others in the future, and hope that it can serve as a model of regional integration among Arab states. Continue reading

‘Violent confrontations in Laayoune and Morocco considers UN report biased towards Polisario,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 16 April 2014

Protesters and security forces clashed in the Western Saharan capital of Laayoune following peaceful protests by supporters of the Polisario Front who were calling for self-determination and the expansion of the UN mission in the disputed territory. This comes at a time when Morocco has been moving towards  oil extraction in the Atlantic off the coast of Western Sahara, and the UN seems to be moving to monitor human rights abuses through MINURSO. Continue reading

‘Moroccan official calls for reconsideration of policies related to the Western Sahara conflict,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 8 April 2014

Nabil Benabdallah, Secretary General of the Party of Progress and Socialism (Morocco’s former communist party) and Minister of Housing and Urbanism, has called for a reexamination of the kingdom’s policies regarding the Western Sahara issue. Benabdallah sees the conflict in its current state as divisive and hopes to see a national consensus in order to better benefit Morocco and Moroccans while maintaining territorial integrity. Continue reading

‘Opponents of Polisario in Tindouf release first announcement confirming that they will fight for freedom and dignity,’ Ya Biladi (Morocco), 9 April 2014

A new group calling itself the “Youth of Change” movement has appeared in the Tindouf camps for Sahrawi refugees in southwestern Algeria. The group has released its first statement vowing to fight for freedom and dignity in the face of corruption and exploitation by the Polisario Front. Continue reading

‘Islamic Development Bank and Kuwaiti wealth fund investing in Morocco,’ Youm7 (Egypt), 7 March 2014

The Saudi-headquartered Islamic Development Bank and the Kuwait Investment Authority wealth fund have signed an agreement to invest in Morocco’s private sector. The size of potential investments have yet to be discussed. Continue reading

‘Moroccan king launches development projects in Côte d’Ivoire,’ Elaph (London), 3 March 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 8.25.50 PMMoroccan King Mohammed VI visited Côte d’Ivoire for one week in which welcomed back the Ivorian president from his medical visit to France to undergo surgery,  launched a number of development projects, signed numerous cooperation and partnership agreement, and even had a stretch of highway named after him. Continue reading

‘Cooperation between Gabon and Morocco: Towards establishing an “exceptional partnership” as a model for South-South cooperation,’ Akhbarona (Morocco), 6 March 2014

King Mohammed VI arrived in Libreville, Gabon today on the last leg of his tour of West Africa. The Moroccan king met with Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba in a confirmation of the fruitful bilateral relations of their two countries. Gabon is Morocco’s leading trade partner in the region. Continue reading