Morocco / by Michelle Ryan

Morocco’s current party of government, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), won the most seats in the country’s parliamentary elections on 8 October. The European Union (EU) signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Moroccan non-government organisations on 20 October. Morocco was criticised by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee in its 118th session for its poor record on women’s rights. The Moroccan Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Mohamed Aujjar, stressed on 26 October that only a mutually acceptable political solution would end the Western Sahara issue. Morocco was elected as a member of the UN’s Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. Rwandan president Paul Kagame announced on 29 October that Morocco would return to the African Union (AU). The Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation dismantled an all-female Islamic State (IS) cell. The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces arrested six Algerian soldiers along with several Polisario Front fighters on 17 October. There were widespread protests across Morocco against police brutality on 30 October following the death of a fishermea, Mouhcine Fikri, during a dispute with police. The British bank Barclays completed the sale of its Egyptian business to Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank. France was the largest foreign investor in Morocco from 2000-15. Research from Stanford University shows that Morocco could run on 100 per cent green energy by 2050. The World Bank ranked Morocco 68th in the world in its Doing Business 2017 report. Fitch, the ratings agency, confirmed Morocco’s latest credit rating as BBB- on 25 October.

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