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Morocco in the News – November 30, 2011

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Major media outlets write about the Gulf Cooperation Council and its decision on inclusion of Morocco and Jordan to the Council. The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday, 11/30, there was no consensus yet among Gulf Arab states on admitting Morocco and Jordan to the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). "We must learn from the experience of the European Union, which at some point accepted 10 countries to its membership and look now what happened with the euro," Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan told reporters in Abu Dhabi, referring to the euro zone debt crisis. "There is no consensus at the moment to include Morocco and Jordan," he said.

Also, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today that the ratings on Morocco (BBB-/Stable/A-3) are not immediately affected by the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections.


Reuters (11/30) – UPDATE 1-No consensus on Morocco, Jordan joining GCC

Reuters (11/30) – TEXT-S&P:Ratings on Morocco unaffected by election result

Yahoo (11/30) – Analysis – Moroccan Islamists face tough ride at government helm

European Parliament News (11/30) – Opening: Yemeni visitors, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco

Eurasia Review (11/30) – Elections In Morocco And Egypt: Window Dressing? – OpEd

Inside Story (11/30) – How different is Morocco?

Yacout (11/30) – King Mohammed VI appointed Mr. Omar Azziman his Advisor

San Francisco Gate (11/30) – King chooses Islamist leader to head government

Alaska Dispatch (11/30) – Morrocco’s regime change protests undercut Western claims of Arab Spring model

On Islam (11/30) – Tough Ride for Morocco’s Islamists

The Hindu (11/30) – Morocco bound in quasi-democracy

Reuters (11/29) – The rise of Morocco’s moderate Islamist PJD party to the prime minister’s office

The New York Times (11/29) – Morocco: Islamist Named Premier

Associated Press (11/29) – Moroccan king appoints Islamist party chief as PM

CNN (11/29) – Morocco Islamist party set to form government

France 24 (11/29) – Islam in the Arab Spring: do elections mean more religion?

Huffington Post (11/29) – Abdelilah Benkirane, New Morocco Prime Minister, Named By King Mohammed VI

PR Web (11/29) – Morocco Elections – Morocco News Agency: Analysis

Euro News (11/29) – Benkirane named as Morocco’s new PM

Magharebia (11/29) – Morocco reflects on election results

Ansamed (11/29) – Arab Spring: conference, don’t be afraid of political Islam

Front Line Defenders (11/29) – Morocco: Violent raid on the premises of the local branch of Moroccan Human Rights Association in Bou Arafa


Proactive Investors Australia (11/30) – Tangiers Petroleum defines new cretaceous prospects in Tarfaya, offshore Morocco

Hotel News (11/29) – Global hotel pulse: Middle East/Africa news

Invest in Morocco (11/25) – Tourism: A 20.8 billion Dirham investment under a Morocco-Gulf partnership


Eurasia Review (11/30) – Algerian, Moroccan Hackers Trade Barbs

Time Light Box (11/30) – Insha’Allah: Morocco’s Changing Culture

Arab News (11/30) – The spice of life in Morocco

Lonely Planet (11/28) – Family-Friendly Sustainable Tourism in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains

MENA Region

The Nation (11/30) – UN ranks Pakistan 145 of 187 in human development (11/30) – Democracy Question Remains Amid ‘Arab Spring’

Irish Times (11/30) – Egyptian polls result due tomorrow

Daily Mail (11/30) – Muslim Brotherhood claims to have won 40% of vote in first round of Egypt elections (11/30) – Israel’s take on Arab Spring may undo peace with Egypt


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