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Vol 61 No 22

Published 5th November 2020


Unrest simmers over economy and Covid

Tempers are rising over Covid-19 and ahead of elections in 2021, while concern grows about King Mohammed VI's health

Morocco may have had a good lockdown after King Mohammed VI (M6) pushed Prime Minister Saad Eddine el Othmani's government into forcing some 36 million non-essential workers to stay at home. But public opinion has been much less supportive since, as tourism and other big employers have struggled. Criticism has risen sharply as the disease toll climbs again. Efforts to modernise the economy and society launched before the lockdown have stalled: a huge undertaking to produce a new development model led by the Commission Spéciale sur le Modèle de Développement chaired by Chakib Benmoussa, is not now expected to deliver its findings to M6 until December, six months later than originally planned.

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