1999: King Hassan II dies; his son Mohammed VI is crowned king. On March 21, 2002, the king married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat, also giving her the title of Princess. The king's net worth has been estimated at between US$2.1 billion[6] and over US$5 billion,[7][8] and he is the richest king in Africa in 2014 according to the American business magazine Forbes. Morocco is paralyzed in many areas, especially in matters of foreign policy. King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his wife Princess Lalla Salma travelled to Greece and spent about 5 million euros for their 7-day vacation in the … Speaking before the King, Minister of Education Said Amzazi stated that the program is in line with the King’s speeches delivered for Throne Day on July 29 and on the Day of the Revolution of the King and the People on August 20. Reports surfaced last month stating that King Mohammed of Morocco and Princess Lalla Salma had divorced. The king has been abroad for the past two months and his frequent posts on social media have done little to quell concerns over his ... the absent king of Morocco. [citation needed] He was furthermore appointed President of the Pan Arab Games, and was commissioned a Colonel Major of the Royal Moroccan Army on 26 November 1985. Princess Lalla Khadija is the second child of King Mohammed VI and Princess, King Of Morocco Wife, Lalla Salma, after Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan. [16][17], Shortly after he took the throne, Mohammed addressed his nation via television, promising to take on poverty and corruption, while creating jobs and improving Morocco's human rights record. [9] and he is the 5th richest king in the world. [40] SNI has a diverse portfolio consisting of many important businesses in Morocco and operating in various sectors such as; Attijariwafa Bank (banking), Managem (mining), Onapar, SOMED (tourism/real-estate and exclusive distributor of Maserati), Wafa Assurance (insurance), Marjane (hypermarket chain), Wana-Inwi (telecommunications), SONASID (Siderurgy), Lafarge Maroc (cSopriam (exclusive distributor of Peugeot-Citroën in Morocco), Renault Maroc (exclusive distributor of Renault in Morocco) and Nareva (energy). The Tayssir program is provisional social measures which could make education reforms bear fruit. [1] In November 1988, he trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then-President of the European Commission.[1]. According to World Moroccan News, no communique has been issued by either the Moroccan Ministry of foreign affairs or the State Department to confirm the information reported by Jeune Afrique. l’École Princière, Royal Coll, Rabat, and Muhammad V Univ (LLB 1985), Agdal, Morocco, and Univ of Nice Sophia Antipolis (PhD 1993), Alpes-Maritimes, France. The monarch chaired the ceremony “to present [the King with] the report and executive program on supporting schooling and implementing the reform of education and training,” Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported today. سيدي محمد بن الحسن العلوي, الملك محمد السادس / ⴰⴳⵍⵍⵉⴷ ⵎⵓⵃⴰⵎⵎⴷ ⵙⴷⵉⵙ, Mohammed now has the obligation to appoint the prime minister from the party that wins the most seats in the parliamentary elections, but it can be any member of the winning party and not necessarily the party's leader. [38] In 2015, he was estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth US$5.7bn[7] although in 2019 Business Insider quoted a figure of just US$2.1 billion. [1] On 12 July 1994, he was promoted to the military rank of Major General, and that same year he became President of the High Council of Culture and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Moroccan Army. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. He was Mohammed V’s eldest son of the second wife, Lalla. Although the King, familiarly known as "M6", revealed months ago that he was to marry Lalla Salma Bennani, the public had previously known nothing about her and had no idea what she looked like. [41] Between 1994 and 2004, the group has been managed by Mohammed VI's brother-in-law Khalid Benharbit, the husband of Princess Lalla Hasna. [41] His holding company "Siger" has shares in the large agricultural group "Les domaines agricoles" (originally called "Les domaines royaux", now commonly known as "Les domaines"), which was founded by Hassan II. [12], On 21 March 2002, Mohammed married Salma Bennani (now H.R.H. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. Princess Lalla Khadija Appears in First Ceremony with King Mohammed VI. Hassan II, king of Morocco from 1961 to 1999. The king is no longer "sacred or holy" but the "integrity of his person" is "inviolable". 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All of the marriages helped foster political alliances – either with other countries with whom Spain wanted peace in the interest of building more Spanish influence and power, or with closer relatives to keep the power of Spain, and the Habsburg family, strong. [4], In April 2016, Mounir Majidi, the personal secretary of Mohammed, was named in the Panama Papers. The US embassy in Rabat reported to Washington in a leaked cable that "corruption is prevalent at all levels of Moroccan society". Mohamed Benchaaboun, minister of economy and finance, and Amzazi signed the first agreement on the development of the Tayssir program, boarding schools, and school canteens. It was signed by Benchaaboun, Amzazi, Minister of Health Anas Doukkali, and Loubna Tricha, director general of the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion (OFPPT). A palace official subsequently denied that a marriage had taken place. During the ceremony, many professors and officials from the Ministry of Education received the King’s Throne medal (Wissam Al Arch). Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat. Mohammed was born on 21 August 1963, the eldest son and second child of King Hassan II and his wife Lalla Latifa Hammou. [6] The Moroccan Royal Family, meanwhile, has one of the largest fortunes in the world. All citizens have the freedom of thought, ideas, artistic expression and creation. He was the eldest son of Mohammed V, Sultan, then King of Morocco, and his second wife, Lalla Abla bint Tahar. Obviously, like many royal families and other celebrities, his life is very private and few are the people who know things about him. Rabat – For the first time, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Khadija has accompanied her father, King Mohammed VI, in an official ceremony. Previously only free speech and the freedom of circulation and association were guaranteed. She is married to King Mohammed VI, and the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to have been publicly acknowledged and given a royal title. These reforms were passed by a public referendum on July 1, 2011.[5]. All of us should hope that this popular young king can She was born three years after the royal family welcomed Crown … After not being spotted by the media since December 2017, it was speculated that she had divorced and had gone into hiding. The legitimacy of the king was contested in 2011 with the 20 February Movement that attempted to undermine the functioning of the monarchical system. plus roi que jamais", "Why Morocco's burqa ban is more than just a security measure", Moroccan police break up protest against royal pardon of Spanish pedophile, "DanielGate. The prime minister is the head of government and president of the council of government, he has the power to dissolve the parliament. Hassan was known to be one of the most severe rulers of Morocco, widely accused of authoritarian practices and of being an autocrat and a dictator, particularly during the Years of Lead. Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron welcomed for iftar by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, his wife Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, their daughter Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco and her sisters princesses Lalla Meryem, Lalla Hasnaa and Lalla Hasma in Rabat June 14, 2017, during the private visit of the presidential couple. [58], صاحب الجلالة الملك محمد السادس أمير المؤمنين نصره الله. Previously this was exclusively held by the king. When I was in the beautiful Moroccan port city of Essaouira in April, 2007, there were dozens of banners with the king's portrait, and every curb was getting a fresh coat of red and white paint for a royal visit. 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He ensured Morocco attained multi-party political system. Thanks for subscribing! [citation needed], In 1987, Mohammed obtained his first Certificat d'Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences, and in July 1988 he obtained a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in public law. By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. Mohammed VI (Arabic: محمد السادس‎; Berber languages: ⴰⴳⵍⵍⵉⴷ ⵎⵓⵃⴰⵎⵎⴷ ⵙⴷⵉⵙ agllid muhammd sdis; born 21 August 1963)[1] is King of Morocco. THE US President looked unimpressed as King Mohammed VI of Morocco was seen with his eyes closed during Emmanuel Macron's moving World War One ceremony speech. [41], SNI and ONA both owned stakes in Brasseries du Maroc, the largest alcoholic beverages manufacturer and distributor of brands such as Heineken in the country. He was a member of the Alaouite dynasty. [3], Mohammed's birthday on 21 August is a public holiday,[45] although festivities were cancelled upon the death of his aunt in 2014. [39] Together, they hold the majority stakes in the Société Nationale d'Investissement (SNI), which was originally state-owned but was merged in 2013 with Omnium Nord Africain (ONA Group), to form a single holding company that was taken off the Casablanca Stock Exchange—resulting in the scrapping of an equivalent of 50 billion Dirhams Marketcap (~US$6 billion). He had a good education as he attained a law degree from the University of Bordeaux. His reign was conservative, leading to a poor human rights record. The deal will include direct flights between the two nations. “Agenda problems” King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain know about this only too well! The three are the king, his secretary Mounir Majidi, and the monarch's close friend, adviser and former classmate Fouad Ali Himma, the executive said at a meeting with potential investors in a Gulf country. [41] "Les domaines" also owns the "Royal Golf de Marrakech", which originally belonged to Thami El Glaoui. On May 25, 2017, Princess Lalla Khadija took part in a ceremony with her mother, Lalla Salma, in Rabat. Lalla Salma received the gold medal of the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognition for her action and commitment to fighting cancer in Morocco and worldwide. … Decisions on big investments in the kingdom were taken by only three people, the documents quote a company executive linked to the royal family as saying. In a speech delivered on 9 March 2011, he said that parliament would receive "new powers that enable it to discharge its representative, legislative, and regulatory mission". Alongside her brother Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Princess Lalla Khadija appeared accompanying Morocco’s King in a presentation ceremony on Moroccan state-owned television channels on Monday at the Royal Palace of Rabat. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994. Sources close to the palace confirmed the news to our sister magazine HOLA!, saying it … On 22 June 2000, Mohammed received an honorary doctorate from George Washington University. The Tayssir program is provisional social measures which could make education reforms bear fruit. [4] Corruption allegedly reaches the highest levels in Morocco, where the business interests of Mohammed and some of his advisors influence "every large housing project," according to WikiLeaks documents quoted in The Guardian newspaper. 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It's a far cry from the traditional pomp of Morocco's royal court, but pictures of the king casually posing with his subjects are doing the rounds on social media. Women are guaranteed "civic and social" equality with men. 2001: King Mohammed starts a controversial tour of Western Sahara, the first by a Moroccan monarch in a decade. In addition, the powers of the judiciary were granted greater independence from the King, who announced that he was impaneling a committee of legal scholars to produce a draft constitution by June 2011. [4] Widespread disturbances in 2011, a Moroccan element of the Arab Spring, protested against corruption and urged the need for political reform. b. at the Dar al-Makhzin, Rabat, 21 st August 1963, elder son of H.M. Hassan II, King of Morocco, and Amir al-Mu’minin, GCB, by his second wife, Lalla Latifa Amhourak, educ. High administrative and diplomatic posts (including ambassadors, CEOs of state-owned companies, provincial and regional governors), are now appointed by the prime minister and the ministerial council which is presided by the king; previously the latter exclusively held this power. Morocco World News: Championing Free Speech and Thoughtful Debate Through Journalistic Excellence. The parliament has the power of granting amnesty. Mohammed VI was the second child and oldest son of Hassan II and his secondary wife, Lalla Latifa Hammou. To be fair, the vast majority of people in Morocco, don’t know much of how the King lives. Hassan II was King of Morocco from 1961 until his death in 1999. Rabat - For the first time, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Khadija has accompanied her father, King Mohammed VI, in an official ceremony. In fact nobody knew that Hassan was married at all until it was announced in 1961 that his second wife, Latifa, had given birth to the first of five children. In response, King Mohammed VI promulgated a program of reform and introduced a new constitution. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. According to human rights organisations, widespread abuses still exist in Morocco. The king of Morocco will thus be the second African head of state to meet Donald Trump, after the Egyptian president Abdefettah Al-Sissi. The reforms consisted of the following:[5], In January 2017, Morocco banned the manufacturing, marketing and sale of the burqa.[34]. Hassan was considered by pious Muslims to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (Ahl al-Bayt). [37], Mohammed is Morocco's leading businessman and banker. Mohammed VI was the second child and oldest son of Hassan II and his secondary wife, Lalla Latifa Hammou. When he is executing his duty as head of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, he is generally referred to as the "Commander-in-Chief.". This corruption especially affects the housing sector, the WikiLeaks documents show. 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