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Feb 23, 2011

Parties up pressure on Moroccan King for reform

RABAT (Reuters) – Two of Morocco’s biggest political parties and human rights groups have joined calls by a youth movement for constitutional reform that could reduce the role of the king.

Most Moroccan political parties boycotted a Feb. 20 nationwide protest calling for the adoption of a parliamentary monarchy, the dismissal of the coalition government and the dissolution of parliament.

Feb 21, 2011

Moroccan king holds firm after call for less power

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed said on Monday he would not cede to “demagoguery” a day after thousands of Moroccans took to the street to demand he give up some of his powers to a newly elected government.

The monarch, addressing a ceremony for long-awaited appointments of members of the advisory Social and Economic Council, said he wanted “irreversible” reforms, but they must be formulated in accordance with the “Moroccan model.”

Feb 20, 2011

Moroccan king’s “number 1 fan” unsure about future

RABAT (Reuters) – He calls himself King Mohammed’s “number one fan,” and the evidence is on clear display to the customers who stop to buy cigarettes from his stand in the Moroccan capital.

Under an abandoned arcade in central Rabat, and next to a group of shoe-shine boys squatting for customers, 40-year old Ali is surrounded by dozens of pictures of the monarch who is seven years his senior.

Feb 20, 2011

Moroccan protesters demand limit on royal powers

RABAT (Reuters) – At least 2,000 protesters gathered in a square in Morocco’s capital on Sunday to demand that King Mohammed give up some of his powers and clamp down on government corruption.

Some people in the crowd were waving Tunisian and Egyptian flags, a recognition of the popular uprisings there.

Feb 19, 2011

Moroccan protests to demand limit to King’s powers

RABAT (Reuters) – Thousands of Moroccans are expected to join nationwide protests Sunday to demand that King Mohammed hand some of his powers to a newly elected government and make the justice system more independent.

The street protests, initiated by the February 20 Movement for Change which has attracted 19,000 Facebook fans after revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, will also urge the king to dismiss the coalition government and dissolve parliament.

Feb 17, 2011

Q+A – Will other North African states follow Egypt and Tunisia?

ALGIERS/RABAT (Reuters) – After popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, what about the other three countries in the turbulent swathe of land along Africa’s northern coast?

Analysts are now scrutinising whether Libya, Algeria or Morocco could be the next domino to fall.

Feb 16, 2011

Q+A – Will other N.African states go way of Egypt and Tunisia?

ALGIERS/RABAT (Reuters) – After popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, what about the other three countries in the turbulent swathe of land along Africa’s northern coast?

Analysts are now scrutinising whether Libya, Algeria or Morocco could be the next domino to fall.

Feb 15, 2011

Morocco fears Algeria may stir Western Sahara unrest

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco said Algeria and the Polisario Front, which wants independence for Western Sahara, may use political upheavals sweeping some countries in the Arab world to stir unrest in the disputed desert region.

Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri also urged Algeria, Morocco’s neighbor and the Polisario Front’s biggest supporter, to turn the page on past disputes and focus on greater economic cooperation.

Feb 15, 2011

Morocco boosts 2011 subsidies amid regional unrest

RABAT, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The Moroccan government on Tuesday
said it has decided to almost double funds allocated to state
subsidies to counter an increase in global commodity prices amid
revolts in some Arab countries.

The government will add 15 billion dirhams ($1.8 billion) to
the 17 billion dirhams allocated by the 2011 budget for the
government’s subsidy fund called Caisse de Compensation, the
official MAP news agency said.

Feb 14, 2011

China’s Sinochem boost Moroccan fertilizer buys

RABAT, Feb 14 (Reuters) – China’s Sinochem (600500.SS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will
immediately raise the volume of its fertiliser imports from
Moroccan state-run phosphate producer OCP under a deal that
could also pave the way to joint investments, officials said.

Under the agreement signed on Monday, OCP will more than
triple volume sales of diammonium phosphates (DAP) to the
Chinese company starting in 2011 to 500,000 tonnes a year,
Moroccan Foreign Trade Minister Abdellatif Mazouz said.