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Jan 12, 2012

Freed Moroccan rapper promises more protest songs

RABAT (Reuters) – A Moroccan rapper who has become one of the monarchy’s boldest critics was freed on Thursday after serving four months for assault, a charge which his lawyers say was a ploy to muzzle the popular singer.

After his release from Casablanca’s Oukacha prison, Mouad Belrhouat, known as El-Haqed or “The Sullen One,” said he would continue singing rap to protest “against the contempt ordinary Moroccans endure at the hands of the state and politicians.”

Jan 11, 2012

Outspoken Moroccan rapper awaits assault verdict

CASABLANCA, Morocco (Reuters) – A Moroccan rapper who has become one of the monarchy’s boldest critics on Wednesday awaited a verdict after a trial on assault charges which his lawyers and right activists said were a ploy to muzzle the popular singer.

Mouad Belrhouat, better known as El-Haqed, or “The Sullen One,” has become the singing voice of a protest movement inspired by Arab uprisings, demanding a constitutional monarchy, an independent judiciary and a crackdown on corruption.

Jan 6, 2012

Morocco prays for rain for first time since 2007

RABAT (Reuters) – Moroccans on Friday held the first nationwide prayers for rain since 2007, when drought slashed output of staple cereals to less than a quarter of the country’s needs, although experts say the current crop year will probably be far less disastrous.

The prayers were held in mid-morning throughout Moroccan mosques and prayer areas “in accordance with the instructions of HM King Mohammed, the Commander of the Faithful,” the Islamic affairs ministry said.

Jan 3, 2012

Moroccan king names Islamist-led cabinet

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed awarded the foreign and justice ministries Tuesday to the moderate Islamist party that won a November election but reserved the domestic security portfolio for a veteran conservative close to the monarch.

Abdelilah Benkirane, leader of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), will head up Morocco’s first Islamist-led coalition government after his party won 27 percent of parliamentary seats in the November 25 vote.

Dec 20, 2011
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Moroccan Islamists quit Arab Spring-inspired opposition movement

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(Moroccan women walk past the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

An Islamist group seen as the main opposing force to Morocco’s monarchy has suspended its involvement in a movement inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, citing the need for a new deal with secularist activists to bolster its ideology. Al-Adl wal Ihsane’s move comes at a tense time for the February 20 Movement whose regular protests, aimed at stripping the Arab world’s longest-serving dynasty of its sweeping powers, have thinned considerably in recent weeks.

Dec 19, 2011

Moroccan Islamists quit Arab Spring opposition

RABAT (Reuters) – An Islamist group seen as the main opposing force to Morocco’s monarchy has suspended its involvement in a movement inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, citing the need for a new deal with secularist activists to bolster its ideology.

Al-Adl wal Ihsane’s move comes at a tense time for the February 20 Movement whose regular protests, aimed at stripping the Arab world’s longest-serving dynasty of its sweeping powers, have thinned considerably in recent weeks.

Nov 29, 2011

Analysis: Moroccan Islamists face tough ride at government helm

RABAT (Reuters) – The election victory of Morocco’s Islamist PJD party will give it a chance to tackle the country’s social and economic problems – but it will not be able to force through change without the support of the still-omnipotent monarchy.

King Mohammed on Tuesday appointed Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of Justice and Development Party (PJD), as the new prime minister after the movement won 27 percent of seats in parliament, the largest share.

Nov 29, 2011
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The rise of Morocco’s moderate Islamist PJD party to the prime minister’s office

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(Secretary general of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane (L), meets with Morocco's King Mohammed VI in Midelt November 29, 2011. King Mohammed VI named Benkirane as Prime Minister after his Islamist party's victory in the November 25 elections. Watermark from source. REUTERS/Maghreb arabe presse/Handout)

Morocco’s King Mohammed on Tuesday appointed Abdelilah Benkirane as the new prime minister after his moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) won the most seats in a parliamentary election last week.

Nov 27, 2011

Islamists win most seats in Moroccan vote

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s moderate Islamist PJD party won the most seats in the country’s parliamentary election, final results showed Sunday, in the latest sign of a resurgence of faith-based movements since the Arab Spring uprisings.

The victory for Morocco’s Justice and Development Party came a month after Tunisia handed power to a previously-banned party of moderate Islamists. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is also expected to do well in an election starting Monday.

Nov 27, 2011

Moroccan opposition warns of silent majority

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s parliamentary election shows most people are not interested in King Mohammed’s reforms, the main opposition group said, vowing to push ahead with protests to press for a constitutional monarchy and an end to corruption.

Final results from Friday’s vote, brought forward by almost a year as part of the reform drive, handed the Justice and Development Party (PJD) the second victory for Islamists in the region in the wake of the “Arab Spring” uprisings.