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Morocco

Population: 33.5 mn.
GDP: $112.6 bn.
Debt: $39.3 bn.
Overview:

Plunging oil prices could improve GDP and help Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's Parti de la justice et du développement emerge on top in September's local polls and in 2016's parliamentary elections. Concern remains over the Western Sahara occupation. The King's health could become a question.

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Outward bound

Morocco has been busy buying influence in Washington, extending it in Francophone Africa and tightening its grip on Western Sahara

Officials and business leaders are celebrating their successful but costly campaign to outflank regional rival Algeria in the long dispute over Western Sahara. Morocco has also bes...


Sufism’s soft power

The monarch uses the country’s long Sufi tradition to help its foreign policy and neutralise its enemies

The effort by King Mohammed VI to extend Moroccan influence in West Africa depends in part on the country's historic Sufi ties with turuq (brotherhoods or orders) across the region...


Concern for King and court

Plunging oil prices and rapprochement with France make for good news, but there are stirrings behind the headlines

After a period of personal trauma following the death in December of his friend and right-hand man, Minister of State Abdellah Baha, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's face is br...


You say Morocco

The British personal injury and negligence law firm Leigh Day is preparing judicial review proceedings against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over claims that Morocco is ...


Not waving but drifting

Some see the kingdom as a star in this troubled region but a political vacuum at the top and a lack of ideas are holding it back

Prescient members of the ruling class are feeling uneasy, even in Casablanca's smartest restaurants and on its widest boulevards, thronged by designer shops and choked with luxury ...


Kill the drill

The Norwegian-based company Aker Solutions has decided to stop providing oil services to its drilling rig in disputed waters off Western Sahara after Africa Confidential publicised...


Testing the offshore limits

Sahrawi officials are again trying to get the UN to intervene with oil companies drilling in disputed offshore areas

A legal battle may be brewing between the Polisario Front, which since 1973 has aspired to rule Western Sahara, and Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions over offshore expl...


Senate for Morocco

About a month after the United States Senate passed a bill that, very unusually, affects the disputed territory of Western Sahara, Washington lobbyists Gray Global Advisors reveale...


Headaches for Benkirane

A deteriorating economic situation adds to political tension as parties manoeuvre for next year’s elections

Morocco seems to have emerged stronger from the Arab Spring. The constitution promises a more open political system and improved human rights. A coalition government led by the Par...


Keep smiling

In tough economic times, Islamist Premier Benkirane charms his critics while Mohammed VI in the Palace tries to keep pace

The economy is not growing fast enough to create the jobs needed, police continue to clash with protestors around the country and the Prime Minister’s coalition partners are not ha...


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