Morocco / by Alistair Galloway

Around 1100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempted to illegally enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Morocco rejoined the African Union (AU) on 31 January, after over 30 years of absence. The appointed Head of Morocco’s Government, Abdelilah Benikrane, announced that the new Moroccan government would be formed only of parties who had been part of the previous majority government. King Mohammed Vl ordered the Council of Ministers to extend the duration of residence permits. The Moroccan government banned the import, sale and manufacture of burqas on 12 January. Two Moroccan peacekeepers were killed during an attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Royal Moroccan Air Force purchased advanced electronic warfare threat protection systems from US company Harris Corporation Electronic Systems. Moroccan security forces arrested 7 people for alleged ties to the Islamic State (IS). The Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation dismantled an IS cell on 27 January. The World Bank predicted that the Moroccan economy will grow by 4 per cent in 2017. Remittances from Moroccan expatriates increased by 3.6 per cent in 2016. Morocco’s inflation rate for 2016 was 1.6 per cent. Car sales in Morocco rose in 2016.

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