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Oct 28, 2011

Morocco court sentences Marrakesh bomber to death

SALE, Morocco (Reuters) – A Moroccan judge sentenced Adel Othmani to death Friday for plotting and carrying out an April 28 bomb attack on a cafe in Marrakesh that killed 17 people, including eight French nationals.

The blasts were the deadliest in Morocco since coordinated suicide bombings carried out by Islamist militants in the commercial capital, Casablanca, in 2003.

Oct 23, 2011

Moroccans protest polls, violence in the capital

RABAT (Reuters) – Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated in cities across the country Sunday, calling for a boycott of early parliamentary polls next month whose outcome will be key to the future of reforms crafted by the royal palace.

The protests are the latest in a series of regular peaceful demonstrations by the youth-led opposition February 20 Movement, inspired by uprisings that ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt to demand a parliamentary monarchy and punishment for officials accused of graft.

Sep 30, 2011

Morocco regulator in pledge on monarchy-owned firms

Sept 30 (Reuters) – Morocco’s antitrust authority pledged
total even-handedness in dealing with businesses owned by the
monarchy, but exception may be made in sectors that help
preserve social stability and firms that are leaders in other
sectors, its head said in an interview.

The Council of Competitiveness, whose role is advisory, may
have to wait until the second half of 2012 before its remit is
changed to allow it to intervene in competition issues, Chairman
Abdelali Benamour told Reuters on Friday.

Sep 27, 2011

Morocco says 7 killed in Western Sahara soccer violence

RABAT, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The death toll from clashes after
a soccer match in Western Sahara on Sunday has reached seven,
Morocco’s MAP official news agency reported on Tuesday, in the
desert territory’s worst bout of violence since November.

A resident in Dakhla, 1,800 km (1,100 miles) south of Rabat
and the site of the match, told Reuters clashes between one
group of residents of Sahrawi origin and another of Moroccan
origin continued until early on Tuesday.

Sep 27, 2011

Morocco says 7 killed in Western Sahara soccer clash

RABAT, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The death toll from clashes after
a soccer match in Western Sahara on Sunday has reached 7,
Morocco’s MAP official news agency reported on Tuesday, making
it the worst bout of violence in the desert territory since
November.

A resident in Dakhla, 1,840 km (1,150 miles) south of Rabat
and the site of the match, told Reuters clashes between one
group of residents of Sahrawi origin and another of Moroccan
origin continued until early on Tuesday.

Aug 12, 2011

Morocco cancels telecom stake sale for 2nd time

RABAT, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The Moroccan government on Friday
cancelled for the second time in less than a year a tender for
the sale of part of its 30-percent stake in Maroc Telecom
, bankers familiar with the matter said.

The revival of the stake sale has prompted opposition
parties, mostly from the Islamist Justice and Development Party
(PJD), to summon Finance and Economy Minister Salaheddine
Mezouar to parliament for explanations.

Aug 2, 2011

Analysis – Are early Moroccan polls bid to stave off protests?

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed is pushing for early polls to hasten reforms he has initiated but this alone is unlikely to satisfy critics without serious steps to curb corruption and to give the next assembly teeth.

Some businesses hope quick polls can end paralysis in the governing coalition but many say the status quo — which saw the government buy off discontent with wage hikes that have left gaping budget deficits — cannot be sustained.

Jul 31, 2011

Thousands protest on Morocco king’s allegiance day

RABAT (Reuters) – Thousands of Moroccans marched on Sunday to press the Arab world’s longest-ruling dynasty to relinquish more of its sweeping powers and stamp out corruption.

The protests coincided with the holding of a centuries-old Be’ya, or allegiance ceremony, where hundreds of regional representatives renewed vows of obedience to King Mohammed the day after the anniversary of his enthronement.

Jul 26, 2011

Moroccan military plane crash kills 78: military

RABAT (Reuters) – At least 78 people were killed on Tuesday when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain in the south of the country during bad weather, the military said in a statement carried by the state news agency.

The military said there were three injured survivors so far from the crash, which happened when a C-130 Hercules aircraft was trying to land in Guelmim, having flown north from the disputed Western Sahara territory.

Jul 26, 2011

Maroc Telecom revises outlook after revenue drops

RABAT, July 26 (Reuters) – Maroc Telecom ,
part-owned by French telecoms group Vivendi’s , no
longer expects its revenue to rise in 2011 after lower call
prices in its key market cut its first-half net profit by 10.3
percent.

“Maroc Telecom expects a slight decline in revenues in 2011
as a result of the significantly lower prices in Morocco,” it
said in a statement.