We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. To be fair, the vast majority of people in Morocco, don’t know much of how the King lives. The legitimacy of the king was contested in 2011 with the 20 February Movement that attempted to undermine the functioning of the monarchical system. 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. 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. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, sat down with Morocco's King Mohammed VI for an Iftar meal during a 24 … [6] The Moroccan Royal Family, meanwhile, has one of the largest fortunes in the world. ", "DanielGate. [11] His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations". We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. Khadija is the second child and only daughter of King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma. [41] "Les domaines" also owns the "Royal Golf de Marrakech", which originally belonged to Thami El Glaoui. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. He was the eldest son of Mohammed V, Sultan, then King of Morocco, and his second wife, Lalla Abla bint Tahar. 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. 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. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994. [41] Between mid-2012 and 2013 SNI sold; Lessieur, Centrale Laitière, Bimo and Cosumar to foreign groups for a total amount of ~$1.37 billion (11.4 billion Dirhams including 9.7 billion in 2013 and 1.7 in 2012). [1] In November 1988, he trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then-President of the European Commission.[1]. 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. 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. 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On March 21, 2002, the king married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat, also giving her the title of Princess. 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This is the list of rulers of Morocco, since the establishment of the first Moroccan state in 789.The common and formal titles of these rulers has varied, depending on the time period. During the ceremony, many professors and officials from the Ministry of Education received the King’s Throne medal (Wissam Al Arch). The documents released by the whistleblower website also quote the case of a businessman working for a US consortium, whose plans in Morocco were paralysed for months after he refused to join forces with a company linked with the royal palace. 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. On the day of his birth, Mohammed was appointed Heir Apparent and Crown Prince. The marriages of Philip II, king of Spain, highlight the roles that women were expected to play in royal marriages of the time. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. [35], It was also revealed that amongst the pardoned figured a drug trafficking suspect, who was released before standing trial. Princess Lalla Khadija Appears in First Ceremony with King Mohammed VI. Mohammed VI and his wife – born Salma Bennani – have two children together: 14-year-old Moulay Hassan, the future king of Morocco, and Princess … 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 … Previously, the king could nominate anybody he wanted for this position regardless of the election results. [29] She demanded that her daughter be returned to her custody, and threatened to sue. The judiciary system is independent from the legislative and executive branches, the king guarantees this independence. He ensured Morocco attained multi-party political system. Obviously, like many royal families and other celebrities, his life is very private and few are the people who know things about him. 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. [46], The official style of Mohammed is "His Majesty the King Mohammed the Sixth, Commander of the Faithful, may God grant him victory" (صاحب الجلالة الملك محمد السادس أمير المؤمنين نصره الله Ṣāḥib al-Jalālah al-Malik Muḥammad al-Sādis, 'Amīr al-Mu'minīn, Naṣṣarahu-Illāh). 2. [39], Mohammed has one brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, and three sisters: Princess Lalla Meryem, Princess Lalla Asma, and Princess Lalla Hasna. Moulay El Hassan Mausoleum, Rabat), educ. [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). These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. He was the oldest son of Mohammed V, Sultan, subsequently King of Morocco (1909–1961), and his wife Lalla Abla bint…. 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. This corruption especially affects the housing sector, the WikiLeaks documents show. [4] Widespread disturbances in 2011, a Moroccan element of the Arab Spring, protested against corruption and urged the need for political reform. [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. They have two children: Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, who was born on 8 May 2003, and Princess Lalla Khadija, who was born on 28 February 2007. In 2004, Mswati promulgated a new constitution that allows freedom of speech and assembly for the media and public, while retaining the traditional Tinkhundla system. [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 was Mohammed V’s eldest son of the second wife, Lalla. [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. The third agreement, signed by Amzazi and  Rachid Talbi Alami, minister of youth and sports, concerned “the establishment of integrated school programs ‘sport-study,’ and vocational training and higher education courses for athletes,” wrote MAP. [15], In December 2010, the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks published diplomatic cables which alleged high-level corruption involving the king himself. After not being spotted by the media since December 2017, it was speculated that she had divorced and had gone into hiding. The Tayssir program is provisional social measures which could make education reforms bear fruit. [citation needed] Bennani was granted the personal title of Princess with the title of Her Royal Highness on her marriage. Speaking before the King, Minister of Education Said Amzazi stated that the program is in line with the King’s speeches delivered for. On May 25, 2017, Princess Lalla Khadija took part in a ceremony with her mother, Lalla Salma, in Rabat. the right to approve of a second wife. The 31-year-old LaDube is the second wife to pass on after the 8th wife Inkhosikati LaMasango died last year. Morocco World News: Championing Free Speech and Thoughtful Debate Through Journalistic Excellence. His reign was conservative, leading to a poor human rights record. Mohammed's reformist rhetoric was opposed by Islamist conservatives, and some of his reforms angered fundamentalists. His father was keen on giving him a religious and political education from an early age; at the age of four he started attending the Quranic school at the Royal Palace. 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. 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. 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. Rabat – For the first time, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Khadija has accompanied her father, King Mohammed VI, in an official ceremony. [12], On 21 March 2002, Mohammed married Salma Bennani (now H.R.H. [36] There was, Antonio Garcia, a recidivist drug trafficker arrested in possession of 9 tons of Hashish in Tangiers and sentenced to 10 years. King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma during their intimate wedding ceremony The king and his wife are definitely a power couple Both Princess Lalla Salma and the King often go on diplomatic business together. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. [41] According to the same magazine, the company officially owns 12,000 hectares of agricultural lands. In February 2004, he enacted a new family code, or Mudawana, which granted women more power.[3]. Morocco to Work With U.S. He belongs to the Alaouite dynasty and ascended to the throne on 23 July 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hassan II. The deal will include direct flights between the two nations. [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. The Tayssir program is provisional social measures which could make education reforms bear fruit. Mohammed has received numerous honours and decorations from various countries, some of which are listed below. [10] On the day of his birth, Mohammed was appointed Heir Apparent and Crown Prince. This page was last edited on 14 December 2020, at 16:24. 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. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. 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. He is currently 54 and is the 5th richest king in the world. The parliament has the power of granting amnesty. 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. [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. All of us should hope that this popular young king can The King and … MOROCCO: King Mohammed VI of Morocco signed his own marriage certificate in Rabat yesterday when he married Salma Bennani (24), a computer engineer and the daughter of a teacher from Fez. The prime minister is the head of government and president of the council of government, he has the power to dissolve the parliament. 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). [13], Royal involvement in business is a major topic in Morocco, but public discussion of it is sensitive. [9] and he is the 5th richest king in the world. Mohammed obtained his PhD in law with distinction on 29 October 1993 from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis on "EEC-Maghreb Relations". 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. Mohammed VI was the second child and oldest son of Hassan II and his secondary wife, Lalla Latifa Hammou. 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