Morocco / by Lewis McKinnon

The Moroccan House of Representatives voted overwhelming on 21 June to pass a new, more liberal, Press Code. The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, visited Morocco on 27 June to promote the White House’s Let Girls Learn Initiative. Several people were arrested in Morocco over the last several weeks for violating the country’s laws regarding Ramadan. Moroccan authorities dismantled an Islamic State (IS) cell on 2 June. A delegation from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operation (UNDPKO) arrived in Morocco on 15 June to discuss the Western Sahara. Around thirty migrants breached the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on 25 June. A report by the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism reported a rise in tourism to Morocco by nine per cent since 2010. The Moroccan Central Bank raised its inflation forecast to 1.6 per cent on 21 June. Morocco’s economy grew by 1.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2016 according to the High Commission for Planning.