GLOBAL LEADER IN FOCUS: Morocco Under HM King Mohammed VI’s Watch

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, remains one of the transformational leaders in Africa. Born August 21, 1963 in Rabat to the late King H. M. Hassan II. At the age of four, his father enrolled him at the Koranic School of the Royal Palace. He had his primary and secondary education at Royal College and obtained his Baccalaureate in 1981.

He later completed a bachelor’s degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985. He also attended Imperial College and University of Rabat. He served in the Royal Moroccan Army between 1985 and 1994 where he rose to the rank of Major General. King Mohammed obtained his PhD in law with distinction in 1993 from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. He became President of the High Council of Culture and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Moroccan Army in 1994 then succeeded his father as King of Morocco in July 1999 at age 35. He is married to H.R.H. Princess Lalla Salma and they have two children – Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija.

King Mohammed VI has carried out many reforms since he became King. He set up the Moroccan Truth & Reconciliation Commission in 2004 with the mandate to investigate human rights violations during his father’s reign with a view to compensating the victims.  Also carrying out reforms of the New Morocco Family Code, also known as Mudawana, which grants women more rights in marriage and property ownership. Mudawana also promotes greater participation of women in politics, which is evidenced by a significant increase in the number of females occupying political posts in Morocco today.

On international relations and diplomacy, King Mohammed VI has facilitated bilateral talks with other countries in Africa, United States of America and countries in the Middle East. Morocco also supports anti-terrorism efforts of many countries across Africa and the Middle East.

The King also carried out political reforms aimed at increasing the power of the parliament in Morocco. Under his reign, Morocco has also created a conducive atmosphere which enables nationals of other countries to do businesses in Morocco.

King Mohammed VI is also a successful businessman with interests in many areas of the economy.  He is believed to be Africa’s wealthiest monarch. Morocco’s economy is ranked as the 5th largest African economy. Considered a relatively liberal economy which is run by the law of supply and demand. Morocco is recording highest growth in Tourism, Telecoms, Information Technology, and Textile. Though corruption is said to be growing at an alarming rate in the country, the government is said to be putting measures in place to fight this surge.

There is no doubt that King Mohammed VI’s tenure has witnessed remarkable accomplishments in Morocco. 

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