Archive for July, 2011

Morocco, Algeria sign commercial contract on natural gas delivery

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Algiers – Morocco and Algeria signed, on Sunday, a commercial contract on the delivery of Algerian natural gas to the power plants of Ain Béni Mathar and Tahaddart.

Under this contract, 640 millions of cubic meters of gas will be delivered on an annual basis over 10 years.

The gas will flow through the gazoduc Pedro Duran Farell (GPDF) pipeline linking Algeria’s gas fields to the Iberian peninsula through Morocco.

The delivery will supply the Ain Beni Mathar power plants with 470 mw and Tahaddart with 385mw.

The contract was signed in Algiers by Director General of the National electricity utility (ONE) Ali Fassi Fihri and the CEO of Algerian state-owned hydrocarbon group Sonatrach, Nourredinne Cherouati.


Israeli PM vows financial changes following nationwide protests

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Protesters  in Tel Aviv, Israel,  mock Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against rising prices on July 30.

Protesters in Tel Aviv, Israel, mock Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against rising prices on July 30.

Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday he will gather a round table to form a plan aimed at easing the financial burden on Israeli citizens in the wake of protests across the country.

Netanyahu said he will invite representatives of various groups and sectors to join a special ministerial team that will propose a “practical plan to alleviate Israelis’ economic burden” and come up with solutions.

Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets Saturday night in ten major cities to rail against soaring costs to the middle class in the Jewish state. The ongoing campaign is the latest and most extensive civil protest in recent years. (more…)

UN seeks to sweep away last traces of imperial age

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In this Sunday Feb. 27, 2011 file picture, pro-independence Polisario Front rebel soldiers parade in the Western Sahara village of Tifariti to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the RASD (Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic). After Spanish colonizers left Western Sahara in 1975, Morocco and Mauritania went to war over it. By 1979, Mauritania had pulled out and Morocco had taken over. The U.N. established a mission in Western Sahara in 1991 to oversee a referendum by the region’s estimated 500,000 residents and monitor a cease-fire between Moroccan and independence forces. But Morocco has rejected a self-determination vote, instead proposing wide-ranging autonomy for the territory it characterizes as historically Moroccan. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez)

HM sends greetings to King of Morocco

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His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said

MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has sent a cable of congratulations to King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the occasion of the Throne Day anniversary.

In his cable, His Majesty the Sultan expressed his sincere congratulations along with his best wishes of good health, happiness and long life to King Mohammed VI, praying to Allah the Almighty for the return of this and similar occasions on him to achieve further progress for the Moroccan people under his wise leadership.

Online holiday operator sees Morocco bounce back

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Online holiday operator sees Morocco bounce backLast minute holidays specialist Packyourbags.com sees a positive return to Morocco booking levels since the Marrakesh bomb attack in April 2011.

Packyourbags.com is pleased to report holiday bookings to Morocco are returning to a level that is more in keeping with this time of year following the terrible Marrakesh bomb attack, which took place on 28 April 2011 killing 17 people and injuring 25.

With the explosion taking place at Cafe Argana, located in one of Marrakesh’s most popular tourist spots – Jema el-Fna square, it was certainly intended to hit one of Morocco’s most important industries – tourism.

Packyourbags.com’s Managing Director Mark Kempster who was in Marrakesh at the time of the attack commented, “To see our booking levels to Morocco return to what we are used to at this time of year is really encouraging. Not only do we promote travel to this beautiful country but it’s a personal favourite of mine too, and the bomb attack was very sad news for Marrakesh and Morocco. However, recent figures show our bookings are bouncing back which is fantastic news and once again I think this demonstrates just how resilient British holidaymakers are”. (more…)

King Mohammed VI wants speedy elections

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king mohammadRabat – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI called on Saturday for speedy elections and the reopening of his country’s border with Algeria in his first throne speech since a referendum voted to curb some of his prerogatives.

In the July 1 referendum, more than 98 percent of Moroccans approved a set of political reforms backed by the king following a series of youth-led, pro-democracy demonstrations in several cities.

In the annual speech on the anniversary of his 1999 coronation, the king said elections should be held soon, warning that any delay threatened the “dynamic of confidence” generated by the widely-backed reforms.

The date of the upcoming elections is a subject of regular negotiations between the interior ministry and the country’s political parties but has remained undetermined so far. (more…)

Moroccan king renews call to mend ties with Algeria

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RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed renewed calls on Saturday to normalise ties and reopen borders with wealthier neighbour Algeria, saying that Rabat wants to build an integrated North African economic bloc.

After revolts swept away long-serving rulers in Tunisia and Egypt, rich Gulf dynasties invited fellow Sunni Arab monarchies Jordan and Morocco to join their Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as they seek ways to combat domestic unrest and a perceived threat from non-Arab Shi’ite Muslim Iran. (more…)

Moroccan king says elections to be held soon

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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has vowed to hold parliamentary elections soon, though without specifying when, as pro-democracy activists press for further reform in the wake of the July 1 constitutional referendum. (more…)

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