Population: 33.2 mn.
GDP: 107.1 bn.
Debt: 29.0 bn.

King Mohammed VI has set several tasks for the Islamist-led government under Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, including fuel subsidy reform. Rabat will continue to side-track the United Nations on the issue of independence for Western Sahara. 


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  • Vol 55 No 16
  •  8th August 2014

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

  • Vol 55 No 7
  •  4th April 2014

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 the case (AC Vol 55 No 6, Testing the offshore limits). The rig is leased ...

  • Vol 55 No 6
  •  21st March 2014

Testing the offshore limits

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

  • Vol 55 No 6
  •  21st March 2014

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 revealed they had a US$25,000 per month contract with Morocco to offer it 'strateg...

  • Vol 55 No 2
  •  24th January 2014

Headaches for Benkirane

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

  • Vol 53 No 10
  •  11th May 2012

Keep smiling

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

  • Vol 53 No 6
  •  16th March 2012

The neighbours start talking

A new warmth in relations could mean the reopening of the common border but agreement on Western Sahara remains problematic

  • Vol 52 No 25
  •  16th December 2011

The King’s own Islamists

Morocco's Parti de la justice et du développement (PJD) formed the main opposition in the previous National Assembly and took 107 of its 395 seats in the 25 November elections, the biggest share ever won by a single party. King Mohammed VI invited its lea...

  • Vol 52 No 13
  •  24th June 2011

Reform dilemma

Traditional constituencies linked into the Makhzen system will probably swing the 1 July referendum in favour of King Mohammed VI’s proposed constitutional reforms. Makhzen means that palace and local elites, along with ‘loyalist’ political parties, contr...

  • Vol 52 No 11
  •  27th May 2011

Can the King stop the spring?

Astute reforms have held revolution at bay but the monarchy could be running out of time

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