Morocco Allows Citizens To Challenge Government Decisions

Middle East Monitor


Morocco has approved two bills allowing its citizens to challenge decisions made by the government and its institutions and to propose new laws, the government spokesperson said yesterday.

Morocco’s Minister of Communication and government spokesman Mustapha Al- Khalfi told reporters in the capital Rabat: “The bill allows for the allocation of 25,000 signatures of eligible citizens who register in the election lists to challenge government decisions.” (more…)

Morocco Penal Reforms Spark Debate

The Daily Star
Zakaria Choukrallah
Agence France Presse

Penal code

Morocco’s Minister of Justice and Liberties, Mustapha Ramid

An overhaul of Morocco’s penal code has triggered a lively debate on morality in the conservative North African nation, where homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden.

But calls to legalize extramarital sex or abolish the death penalty appear to be a step too far for authorities in the country, where Islam is the state religion.

Morocco’s penal code has remained largely unchanged since it was first adopted in 1962. (more…)

In Morocco, UN-backed Forum Highlights Role Of Religious Leaders In Preventing Atrocities

UN NEWS Centre

Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

At a forum on the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement to violence and atrocities, which opened today in Fez, Morocco, a senior UN rights official stressed the importance of religious leaders worldwide in the prevention, mitigation and resolution of conflicts.

The two-day forum, which will wrap up tomorrow, came a day after a special meeting of the UN General Assembly brought together Member States and religious leaders from around to New York for a two-day high-level debate on the promotion of tolerance in the fight against the growing threat of violent extremism. (more…)

Western Sahara: Kerry Kennedy Flies Off The Handle

Polisario Confidential
by Khalid Ibrahim Khaled


The President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy, could not hide her anger on the eve of the adoption by the Security Council of the UN Secretary General’s annual report on the Western Sahara issue.

The lobbyist, who used to make inflamed statements and stage anti-Moroccan campaigns to supposedly defend the cause of the Polisario Front in its territorial conflict with Morocco, has reportedly told her close aides that she is appalled by Ban Ki-Moon’s new report on Western Sahara. (more…)

Western Sahara’s Polisario Threatens To Review U.N. Cooperation

By Louis Charbonneau


The Polisario Front independence movement in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara has threatened to review cooperation with United Nations monitors if the world body gives up on the idea of a referendum on the region’s final status.

The threat came as the United States prepared on Wednesday to distribute a draft resolution to fellow members of the U.N. Security Council on renewing the mandate for the U.N. peacekeeping force in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, for another year. (more…)

Morocco Inflation Rises To 1.6 pct In March

By Aziz El Yaakoubi


Morocco’s consumer price inflation rose to an annual 1.6 percent in March from 1.3 percent in February, the High Planning Authority said on Wednesday.

Food inflation was 2.1 percent from 1.8 percent the previous month. The non-food price index rose 1.2 percent.

Month-on-month, the consumer price index was flat in March as food prices fell 0.4 percent. (more…)

Alexandria To Host Moroccan Days Cultural Festival
By Mary Ann Barton


The City of Alexandria will host the Moroccan Days cultural festival Sunday through Wednesday at Market Square, 301 King Street. Admission is free.

The Festival will showcase the rich cultural and artistic traditions of Morocco. An opening ceremony on Monday, April 27, at noon will feature remarks by Mayor William D. Euille, and Fatima Marouan, Morocco’s Minister of Handicrafts & Social and Solidarity-based Economy. (more…)

Rural Electrification In North Africa

by ESI Africa


In other rural electrification news, Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) and Abu-Dhabi-based renewable power company Masdar in March entered into a partnership to design, supply and install 17,670 solar home systems throughout 940 villages in West African Morocco.

Masdar claimed that once the installation of the solar homes is complete together with additional electrification initiatives, 99% of rural Morocco will have access to electricity by 2017. (more…)

Chariot Reviews Offshore Morocco Operations After Woodside Declines Rabat Deep Operatorship

Offshore Magazine
Offshore staff


In a review of its offshore Morocco operations, Chariot Oil and Gas Ltd. (LON:CHAR) said that Woodside has elected not to take operatorship and fund the drilling of an exploration well in the Rabat Deep permit. As a result, Chariot will remain operator with a 50% equity interest, with Woodside retaining a 25% equity interest and ONHYM a 25% carried interest. Chariot will continue to seek another partner to participate in Rabat Deep drilling. (more…)

Maya Gold & Silver To Start Drilling At Zgounder

Market Wired
Maya Gold & Silver Inc.


Maya Gold & Silver Inc. (“Maya” or the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:MYA) is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2015 spring drilling program at its Zgounder Silver Mine in Morocco.

As previously announced on March 23, 2015, the Corporation closed a non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) of $1,200,000 for the sole and exclusive purpose of completing a minimum 13-hole drilling program comprising a minimum of 4300 meters at its Zgounder Silver Mine in Morocco. The program has now been extended to 6000 meters. (more…)

Woodside Discards Morocco Opportunity

Your Oil and Gas News


Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, today provided an update on its Rabat Deep, Loukos and Mohammedia permits, offshore Morocco.

Rabat Deep (Chariot (50% Operator), Woodside (25%), the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (“ONHYM”) (25% carried)):

- Woodside has not exercised its option to take operatorship and fund well costs for a further 25% equity stake; it will remain a partner on the licence with a 25% working interest (more…)

Taiwan, Israel, Western Sahara Not Invited To AACC

Veeramalla Anjaiah
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Indonesia, the host of the 60th Asian-African Conference Commemoration (AACC), did not invite every country on the Asian and African continents to the event, says a senior envoy.

“We didn’t invite all countries in Asia and Africa. We sent the invitations based on the United Nations member list, except Israel,” the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director for African affairs, Lasro Simbolon, told The Jakarta Post recently. (more…)

Portuguese Exports To Morocco Could Reach 1 Bln Euros, Says Portuguese PM

Global Post
Xinhua News Agency


Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has announced the creation of an “Observatory for Investment” between Portugal and Morocco aimed at deepening the two countries commercial and economic relations.

The announcement followed the 12th Portuguese-Moroccan summit at the Palacio das Necessidades here, which Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane attended. (more…)

China Textile And Garment Firms Eyeing Morocco?
By Elizia Volkmann


The Moroccan government is negotiating a strategic industrial partnership with China that could see Chinese investment flow into the Moroccan clothing and textile manufacturing industry.

Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s minister of industry, trade, investment and digital economy, is coordinating the Moroccan side in the talks. (more…)

Marrakesh WTCC Race Of Morocco Post-Race Press Conference

Federation Internationale De L’Automobile


José María López, Citroën Total WTCC, first position, race one, third position race two
Yvan Muller, Citroën Total WTCC, first position, race two
Ma Qing Hua, Citroën Total WTCC, second position race one
Sébastien Loeb, Citroën Total WTCC, third position race one, second position race two
Mehdi Bennani, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy winner race one
Tom Chilton, ROAL Motorsport, Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy winner race two (more…)

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