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    King Mohammed VI Inaugurates New Headquarters of Constitutional Council

    Rabat - King Mohammed VI inaugurated, Wednesday in Rabat, the new headquarters of the Constitutional Council which, in accordance with Article 177 of the 2011 constitution, will continue to exercise its powers until the setting up of the Constitutional Court.

    Reflecting the strong commitment of Morocco to promote the rule of law, the Constitutional Court decides, under Article 132 of the Constitution on the regularity of the election of members of Parliament and of referendums. Similarly, the organic laws before their promulgation and the regulations of the House of Representatives and the House of Advisers, before their implementation, shall be submitted to the Constitutional Court to rule on their conformity with the Constitution.

    For the same purpose, international laws and commitments may be referred to the Constitutional Court before their enactment or ratification by the Sovereign, the head of government, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the speaker of the House of Advisers, or by the fifth of the members of the House of Representatives or forty members of the House of Advisers.

    The Constitutional Court can also hear an objection of unconstitutionality raised during a trial, when one of the parties claim that the law on which the case outcome depends, infringes the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

    The decisions of the Constitutional Court are not subject to appeal. They are binding on public authorities and on all administrative and judicial authorities.

    Under Article 130 of the Constitution, the Constitutional Court is composed of twelve members appointed for a term of nine years. Six members are appointed by the King, one member is proposed by the secretary general of the Higher Council of Ulema, and six members are elected by the House of Representatives and the House of Advisers (3 members each) from the list of candidates nominated by the Bureau of the House. The President of the Constitutional Court is appointed by the King, among the members of the Court.

    On the occasion of the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Constitutional Council, the Council's president, Mohamed Achargui presented to the Sovereign a book in Arabic entitled "Glossary of constitutional terms."

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    Marrakech square of Jamaa El Fana at night. (Fhoto by Procsilas)

    Casablanca- Moroccan cities are increasingly captivating Indian travelers, consequently placing the kingdom on top of best go-to places for Indian lovers of breathtaking, unconventional travel experiences.

    According to Indian Website Business Standard, Morocco topped the list of most searched 2014 summer destinations, based on a recent survey.

    The kingdom, with an astounding 261 % jump in destination searches on the net compared to last year, topped the list of most yearned-for holiday destinations.

    According to the same source, Morocco was followed by Bhutan, which recorded a 244% jump in searches, and Greenland (self-governing province of Denmark), which witnessed a 240% increase in the number of online searches.

    In Europe, Croatia proved to be one of the most searched European countries with a 152% increase in searches.

    A recent ranking published last April by American website TripAvisor ranked Marrakech- Morocco's most visited tourist destination- the world’s sixth tourist destination.

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    King Mohammed VI, Tunisian President resolved to promote exemplary ties

    Casablanca- Tunisian President, Moncef Marzouki, recently a guest on Tunisian television show “Liman Yajroo Fakat” (“Only for those who dare”), dispelled an earlier unsubstantiated rumor targeting Moroccan-Tunisian relations, that King Mohammed VI had decided to cut short his visit to Tunisia and return to Morocco because of a disagreement between the heads of State over the Western Sahara conflict.

    The head of the Tunisian state confirmed on the television show that the rumor regarding the Moroccan monarch’s supposed decision to shorten his recent visit to Tunisia due to a disagreement with the Tunisian President was false.

    “There are very special human relations binding Morocco and Tunisia,” stated the Tunisian President in his response to a question asked by Samir El Wafi, the TV show presenter.

    Asked about the rumor, President Marzouki confirmed that it was false and fabricated. “King Mohammed VI and I discussed all topics except the question of the Western Sahara.”

    “These fabricated lies seek to shake and disrupt the exceptional brotherly relations binding both nations,” added the president. The parties disseminating this false information “also target the image and reputation of Tunisia,” he said.

    Marzouki directly addressed the parties responsible for disseminating the negative rumors, saying, “If your nation is of no value to you, then at least value your own image and reputation.”

    The Tunisian president also expressed his gratitude toward the Moroccan sovereign for his now-popular informal walk down the streets of Tunis accompanied only by a few bodyguards. “I told the Moroccan sovereign that [through his example] he had given us the best gift by showing that Tunisia is a safe and welcoming country, and by supporting Tunisian tourism.”

    Remarking on King Mohammed VI’s impressions of his visit to Tunisia, President Marzouki added, “The king said he was delighted with his visit to Tunisia, and that he felt very safe and at home in a country he considers his own, and whose people he deems his own people, too.”

    On Sunday June 1, Morocco had earlier denied the alleged disagreement between King Mohammed VI and Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.

    “The absurd and unfounded information, reported by some ill-intentioned press, over an alleged divergence between HM King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, and Tunisian President, His Excellence Moncef Marzouki, is expressly denied by the Kingdom of Morocco.,” a release of the Royal office said.

    A communiqué issued by the Tunisian Presidency had also denied the rumor as a fabrication.

    Edited by Elisabeth Myers

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    Spanish Magazine ¡Hola! Publishes Exclusive Photos of Princess Lalla Soukaina’s Marriage

    Casablanca- The Moroccan version of Spanish celebrity magazine ¡Hola! has recently published exclusive pictures and details from the royal wedding of Princess Lalla Soukaina, niece of King Mohammed VI, to businessman Mehdi Regragui.

    King Mohammed VI along with Princess Lalla SoukaineA picture of Lalla Soukaina next to her spouse, and another next to HM King Mohammed VI and other members of the royal family recently made the front page of the Spanish magazine ¡Hola! in its Moroccan version.

    Princess Lalla Soukaine during her Wedding in Rabat (Picture by Magazine Hola)According to Moroccan magazine Tel Quel, the Moroccan version of ¡Hola! exclusively earned the rights to publish pictures from the marriage of Lalla Soukaina, daughter of King Mohammed VI’s eldest sister, Princess Lalla Meriem.

    The traditional wedding ceremony of Princess Lalla Soukaina to Mehdi Regragui took place at the royal palace in Rabat, at the residency of Princess Lalla Meriem, in the presence of several members of the royal family, according to news website Yabiladies.

    Princess Lalla Soukaina’s spouse, Mohamed El Mehdi Ben Abdelmottaleb Regragui, is the grandson of Fqih Regragui, a former advisor to the late King Hassan II, and former professor of Arabic at the Royal College.

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    Morocco Forges Ahead with Conversion to Electronic Driving Licenses

    Taroudant, Morocco- The Ministry of Equipment and Transport has introduced a new procedure to renew driving licenses: the old paper-based driving licenses are being replaced with new electronic licenses.

    Article 309 of Law No. 52-05 requires all paper-based driving license to be replaced by electronic licenses by the following deadlines established by the Ministry:

    1. October 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013 — paper-based licenses issued before January 1, 1980;

    2. January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 — paper-based licenses issued between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1996;

    3. From January 1 to December 31, 2014 — paper based licenses issued between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2002;

    4. From January 1, to September 30, 2015 — paper-based licenses issued after 1 January 2003.

    To facilitate the procedure, the Ministry has announced that those wishing to convert their driver's licenses from paper to electronic, can now make appointments online on the company Assiaqa Card website.

    The Ministry is urging all citizens who have not yet begun the process of renewing their licenses to book their appointments online in accordance with the schedule to avoid overcrowding at the offices in charge of renewing the driving licenses.

    The Ministry has also made it possible for citizens to track the progress of their applications via text message (SMS) by texting 3535 any time.

    Edited by Elisabeth Myers

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    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale

    New York - Morocco considers that terrorism is a global phenomenon that requires a global response, said Thursday in New York, Morocco's ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale.

    "Morocco considers that terrorism is a global phenomenon that requires a global response, coupled with and supported by very thorough cooperation at the sub-regional and regional levels," said the permanent representative at the fourth review meeting of the United Nations global counter terrorism strategy.

    Hilale said Morocco "remains convinced that national efforts are not sufficient alone to cope with the global evolution of terrorism," as terrorist groups continue to adapt their modus operandi by adopting a more regional agenda, having closer links with the networks of transnational organized crime, and using information and communication technologies.

    The Moroccan diplomat recalled that the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon noted in his recent report on UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy that "factions of the Al-Qaida, which aspire to form a state stretching from the Atlantic to the Nile and other factions that are active in West Africa, involved in the destabilization of Mali, have joined Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb."

    This, he insisted, is a "cause for concern" for my country and the whole region of the Sahel and Maghreb.

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    President Francois  Hollande Appoints Audrey Azoulay as his adviser (Picture courtesy from Le Figaro)

    Fez- French President Francois Hollande recently appointed a Moroccan as his adviser for Culture and Communication.

    According to French daily Le Figaro, the newly appointed adviser of the French president is Audrey Azoulay, daughter of Andre Azoulay, adviser of King Mohammed VI.

    Born in 1972, Audrey Azoulay is a graduate of the "Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris" and the "École Nationale d'Administration". She has, among others, worked at the general direction of media and was magistrate of the Court of Auditors.

    Since 2011, she has been Assistant Director of the National Film Board.

    Audrey Azoulay is expected to take office in September.

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    Driss El Oumami, the Moroccan  Alchemist

    Fez- There was a time when there was no difference between the artisan, the craftsman performing the most menial tasks and the artist who devoted himself to art. It was the Amien, Simon Marmion, who in 1449 painted and gilded the weather vanes of a turret in a large dock. Marmion was a painter of pictures that contemporary criticism likens to Memling. Marmion was a manuscripts illuminator of sumptuous quality.

    That was in the past! Today everyone claims to be an artist or artisan but nobody recognizes the craftsman. We all trust the anonymous work of mechanics and it is surprising that the resulting objects do not touch our personal lives. They simply lack out the human touch though they come out of human hand. They cannot maintain that indefinable thrill of life, supporting gouge or punctuating the route of the brush printed decisively to the most inert things. (Daniel Coutourier) It was this thought that came to Daniel Coutourier’s mind when he first stood before the so original work of Driss Oumami in 2007. El Oumami presented his work at the festival of contemporary art. He painted on animal skin which is a unique material in the community of other works painted on canvas or wood, or even plywood.

    Driss El Oumami is of Berber origin, of Southern Atlas Mountains, land of his ancestors and a crucible of Morocco’s vernacular roots. Born in 1962 in Casablanca, today El Oumami is a decorator at television shows, designer and producer of models for buildings, residential edifices, ports, airports, exhibition stands, and artisan with an almost mystical respect. He considers art in its various manifestations knowing that the artist can convey a message of joy and culture, and better self-knowledge.

    Daniel Coutourier proceeds by saying that Driss El Oumami instinctively reflects his art which is based upon an Amazigh family heritage. He maps out a path line for his works which he borrows without restraint or constraint because he knows he does not belong to any school or master. He venerates the traditional and looks down on the imitational. He rather innovates constantly especially taking into account the environment in which we, human beings, are immersed and using culturally-rich material. He creates his works by translating the needs and the gestures of his contemporaries, taking into account how the used material will evolve artistically.

    The harmony of lines, the richness of the material and the work on the naturally- tanned skin leave a dominant artistic symbol. This sleek but noble simplicity is precisely the marking quality of El Oumami’s works. If the theme of work is meant to be modern, he processes his work manually. This embodies the artist character at the final work.

    It is not a requirement to be a genius in order to have a high state of sense and sensibility. It is necessary, though, that thought should be consistent with the excellence of the sensory faculty. Only then as Leo Arnoult notes in "The work of art: the infinite and the perfect” that the artist’s intelligibility and moral order became full. It is irresistible taste that leads a perfect to a passionate idealist. They are qualities that the artist generally mixes with a creative imagination to be able to "take a fragment of the world, redesign and then make all possible and perfect."

    Driss El Oumami is a simple but an aspiring man seeking the truth. His truth seeking quest is processed through technical procedure, construction and execution of his work. His masterpieces are characterized by a beauty of form and a color harmony. He acquired a style of beautiful form, subject only to a higher spiritual principle. His ornate style activates the assets of any judgment. Yet, style remains what impresses most among others professionals of art or even among those with sensitive taste to beauty and form.

    Abderrahman Benhamza, equally, sees the work of Driss El Oumami as unique in the world of art. According to Benhamza, Driss El Oumami uses skin as an ideal receptacle for his pictorial language. The artist strives to keep the skin’s spectacular aspect. The skin, from El Oumami’s point of view, has no artistic limit. It preserves initial configurations and geography encountered during the preparation of work forms. The hair that covers the fleece, sometimes partially shaved, plays a major role in the color issue; its natural pigmentation is an integrated subject, which helps to define shapes and flow direction.

    The coloration of the skin is performed to create an impressionist mode. Nonetheless, the process of coloration counts but little if the artist prefers the expression and movement. The tones have a complementary role; they derive their side features from an acquired celebration atmosphere.

    El Oumami oversimplifies his topics and themes yet his artistic memory remains overloaded. His typical genre scenes target the development of a social aspect deeply- rooted in the Moroccan landscape; they maintain a constant dialogue with the roots, sometimes putting in relief character models, which the artist assigns a symbolic dimension.

    El Oumami ensures adjusting the context of representations in relation to the present. He does not hesitate to raise high the banner of the Amazigh identity and ethnic paradigm that he integrates into the framework of his work respecting traditions. He enhances the rendering of visual elements such as kernels of the Argan tree, jacket buttons, and shards of traditional jewelry….etc. He makes a kind of "editing", sticking the material just mentioned to the skin and sewing these "recovered" elements. Successful contrasts and a sense of depth are raised to attention.

    The art critic, Sheikh Abdullah, from his part described the exciting world of the colorist alchemist, Driss El Oumami as a universe both pictorial and scriptural which presents itself as a harmonious blend of form and tonality. This deep plastic sensitivity makes this artist a reference in contemporary Moroccan painting. His chromatic tones loaded with a naturalistic symbolism refer to a well-structured macrocosm that emanates from the inner nature of the artist.

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    Destitute 90-Year-Old Woman Relinquishes her Retirement Pension to Benkirane

    Casablanca-Mi Fettouma, a 90-year-old Moroccan woman who receives only 179 DHs ($21) a month in a retirement pension from the government, recently decided to relinquish it and give it to the Head of the Moroccan government, Abdel-illah Benkirane.

    Mi Fettouma, in a video recently uploaded to YouTube by Andalouss news outlet, said that with her meagre retirement pension of just 179 DHs, she cannot afford even her most basic needs.

    “Give it to the Head of the State to play with it,” Mi Fettouma told her interviewer in the video. “This monthly sum is not enough for me to live on. I can’t afford medicines, or even the most vital needs, like food, the public bath, and medicine.”

    With her noticeable visual impairment, Mi Fettouma cannot do much without the assistance of someone else to guide her. Her eight married daughters and her son, who appears in the video, are all jobless.

    “Without our neighbors, I wouldn’t have been able to afford medicines,” she states in the video.

    According to her son, Mi Fettouma went on a hunger strike in Fez, eventually ending up in hospital.

    “We called on all the authorities,” Mi Fettouma’s son declared in flawless standard Arabic. “We incessantly called upon the Head of the government and the Ministry of Solidarity, and we also sent letters to Princess Lalla Meriem, in charge of many social initiatives, as well as to HM the king.”

    Mi Fettouma’s cries for help fell on deaf ears, according to her son, who is now unemployed after he quit his work in a company.

    The son, on behalf of his mother, calls on HM King Mohammed VI to lend his caring and supportive hand to Mi Fettouma, who has been psychologically traumatized by her family’s dire financial situation.

    MAD 1000 is the lowest retirement pension that is supposed to be paid to Moroccan retirees. Mi Fettouma and her son are asking for this very basic entitlement.

    $1= 8.20 dirhams

    Edited by Elisabeth Myers


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    King Mohammed VI chairs Wedding ceremony of Prince Moulay Rachid

    Rabat -  The ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced that King Mohammed VI chaired, Sunday at the royal palace of Rabat, the wedding ceremony of his brother Prince Moulay Rachid and Miss Oum Keltoum Boufarès.

    "The Ministry of Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced that His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, presided in the afternoon of Sunday 17th Shaaban 1435 AH, corresponding to June 15, 2014 at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the ceremony concluding the act sealing the marriage of his beloved brother, his Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, son of the late King Hassan II, may God rest his soul, with the virtuous Miss Boufarès Umm Kulthum, daughter of Moulay Mamoun Boufarès," said a release of Ministry of Royal Household.

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    Prince Moulay Rachid with his wife Oum Keltoum Boufares

    Rabat- Morocco’s royal family celebrated on Sunday in the Royal Palace in Rabat the wedding ceremony of Prince Moulay Rachid with Oum Keltoum Boufares. The ceremony was presided by King Mohammed VI.

    The announcement of the marriage of Prince Moulay Rachid puts an end to a rumor that has been circulating in recent months that he was going to marry a Princess from the Gulf.

    No information has been released yet regarding the education of the Prince’s wife.

    Oum Keltoum Boufares is the daughter of Mamoun Boufares who was the governor of Marrakech when King Mohammed VI ascended the throne in July 1999.

    Picture showing King Mohammed VI along with his brother Prince Moulay Rachid, his wife Oum Keltoum Boufares and the rest of the Royal family

    Pictures credit: Maghreb Arab Press

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    Casablanca- According to a report recently issued by UN’s Special Rapporteur on human trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ezeilo, more than 2,500 Moroccan women have fallen preys of human trafficking networks in the Gulf countries between 2002 and 2013.

    The UN’s Special Rapporteur’s findings are based on a report elaborated by the Observatoire de la communauté marocaine à l'étranger (Observatory of the Moroccan Community living abroad).

    According to the report, these Moroccan victims are initially lured to the Gulf through job contracts. Once there, they are kidnapped and forced by dangerous human trafficking gangs to work as prostitutes.

    “Most of the time, the contracts issued did not correspond to the originally agreed upon job duties and that many Moroccan women found themselves trapped in situations of exploitation by prostitution networks,” says the report.

    The same source added that the overwhelming majority of victims of this human trafficking is found in the United Arab Emirates “where the share of Moroccan female employment is around 70 per cent of the total Moroccan expatriates.”

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    Children using cell phones are at risk. (Ali Yussef:AFP:Getty Images)

    By Anas Zedgui

    Marrakech- According to a study conducted by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, 16% of children under 12 years old in Morocco have cell phones.

    This date was featured for the first time in a new section of the annual study conducted by the agency, which focuses on children and their attitudes towards modern telecommunication technology.

    More than 25% of them were permitted to use the internet by themselves, and 14% were present on social media, according to the same study. The study also reveals the dominance of social networks in Moroccans’ use of the internet, since those networks are the main reason that 75% of Moroccans subscribe to internet access. Half of those use social networks for between one and two hours per day.

    After social networking, watching online videos comes in second place with 72% of Moroccans using the internet for that purpose, followed by email services in third. The study also found that 17% of Moroccans have two SIM cards. Meanwhile, Increasing numbers of Moroccans are buying smartphones, taking advantage of deals offered by phone manufacturers and growing 3G access.

    The numbers of Moroccans with smartphones doubled within a year, and now one-third of Moroccans have approximately 5 million smartphones.

    Edited by Jessica Rohan

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    morocco FOA Award

    Taroudant, Morocco - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations awarded Morocco for its "remarkable progress" in the fight against hunger. 

    During a ceremony on Monday at the FAO headquarters in Rome, José Graziano da Silva, the Organization's Director-General, awarded Morocco “for obtaining the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1).”

    Accepted by Aziz Akhannouch, the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries,  the award recompenses the kingdom for reducing the prevalence of undernourishment.

    According to the official website of the FAO, “Morocco reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 6.7% in 1990-92, to less than 5% in 2011-13.”

    The same source added, “In the same period, the number of undernourished people in Morocco has been reduced from 1.7 million in 1990-92 to 1.6 million in 2011-13.”

    Morocco has reduced the proportion of people suffering from hunger before the 2015 deadline, thus having met the World Food Summit target.

    "One year ago we celebrated the first 38 countries that had achieved the [Millennium Development Goal] target, three years in advance of the 2015 deadline. 18 of them had also met the World Food Summit target. Now we come together to recognize three more countries for their efforts," Graziano da Silva said.

    While many countries have successfully fought hunger and undernourishment, the global objective of totally eradicating hunger and malnutrition remains a significant challenge for the world.

    "Even today, in a world of abundant food over 840 million people are still undernourished," the FAO Director-General said.

    According to l’Economist, “Morocco will also be honored at the first day of the FAO Council through the presentation of the "Green Morocco Plan", a national strategy that led to the realization of the first MDGs, and the signing of a tripartite agreement for South-South cooperation (Morocco-Guinea-FAO)”.

    Edited by Timothy Filla 

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    A Member of Istiqlal Party Says Prostitution Boosts National Economy

    Casablanca - A member of the Istiqlal Party sparked commotion after allegedly expressing a positive opinion about prostitution before the House of Councilors during its monthly parliamentary session in Rabat.

    The first segment of the parliamentary session was devoted to women’s issues in Morocco. The session was held in the presence of Head of the Government, Abdel-Ilah Benkirane.

    During a speech, Khadija Zoumi, member of the Istiqlal Party, allegedly expressed a positive opinion about the prostitution in the kingdom. “Prostitution contributes to the growth of the national economy,” she said. “We must have the courage to admit it.”

    The Istiqlali MP also attacked the female cops who patrol the streets of Marrakech to arrest underdressed, provocative women, as well as prostitutes.

    Zoumi’s controversial statements during the parliamentary session provoked laughter from the bulk of present MPs.

    However, Zoumi affirmed that she was not encouraging prostitution in Morocco, but was rather suggesting a different way to approach the problem.

    Zoumi referred to a verse from the Quran to illustrate that God makes no distinctions between men and women, and that God has reserved equal punishments for all of those involved in prostitution, regardless of their sex.

    Zoumi’s take on prostitution in Morocco dumbfounded many Moroccans, especially the fact that it was expressed by one of the members of the Istiqlal party, which many view as an ideologically conservative party.

    Edited by Timothy Filla

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    Abdelilah Benkirane, Moroccan Head of Government

    Fez - Prime Minister Benkirane made an impassioned plea for the importance of the work Moroccan women have done in the past in helping educate generations of Moroccans and caring for their wellbeing.

    In a statement that did not go unnoticed, especially among women’s organizations, the head of government said, there is a “problem with the role of women in modern society.”

    During the monthly hearing in the second chamber, Prime Minister Abdedilah Benkirane said,"when Morocco's women went out for work, houses grew dark. Before that, you lived in houses equipped with chandeliers (mothers), there you felt the warmth of your mothers.” That is in contrast, he continued, to "today's children who have to depend on themselves from an early age as their mothers are out at work."

    Benkirane also criticized those who consider women unemployed when they devote themselves to their house work and care for their children.

    “Why don’t you count a woman as employed when she cares for her house and the upbringing of her children?,” he went on.

    Benkirane sent a clear message to the opposition that the government should not be criticized for valuing the role of women who stay at home and look after their families. He stressed that "today many women cannot find time to get married, be a mother, or bring up children."

    “Why do we refuse to acknowledge this sacred role?” he said.

    The Prime Minister's statements followed questions raised by deputies concerning the status of Morocco's women in relation to the government's public policy.

    Edited by Elisabeth Myers

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    Rabat- Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee ratified an agreement with the American school system in Morocco on Monday.

    Furthering Morocco-US educational and cultural ties, Parliament’s foreign affairs committee approved an agreement with the American school system in Morocco.

    The agreement was signed between Morocco and the United States in February 2013 but needed the ratification of the parliament to enter into force.

    It aims to provide Moroccan and U.S. citizens the opportunity to learn Arabic and English. It also aspires to promote the cultures of the two countries through the American schools in Morocco and establishment of Moroccan schools in the United States, in order to develop the cultural and educational ties between the two countries.

    According to the Parliament’s official website, the agreement also defines the conditions for the creation and the management of the American schools in Morocco. These include cooperation between the American school administrations and Moroccan educational authorities, particularly in teaching the students the language, culture, history and geography of Morocco.

    By virtue of this agreement, the establishments have to submit their financial reports to the Moroccan authorities with regard to their status as a non-profit organization. In return, they will benefit from fiscal and customs privileges, according to Moroccan international commitments and to the current fiscal legislation.

    The agreement gives Morocco the possibility of opening a primary and secondary educational establishment in the United States, through negotiations with governmental authorities to obtain similar privileges to those granted to the American schools in Morocco.

    Edited by Jessica Rohan

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    Rabat- Following Tom Hanks, who shot his movie “A Hologram for a King” in Casablanca and Marrakesh, Bruce Willis is currently in Marrakesh for the shooting of Barry Levinson's next movie, "Rock the Kasbah ".

    Cap on head and bottle of water in hand,  Bruce Willis was seen on Tuesday taking a walk in Gueliz, downtown Marrakesh.

    According to Daily Pulpy news website, the American star is filming ‘’Rock The Kasbah’’ in the “red” city’s streets. Production on the comedy kicked off on Tuesday in Marrakech.

    “Rock The Kasbah”, is similar to the recent movie by Moroccan director Laila Marrakchi, which uses the same title.  However, this is a new comedy by director Barry Levinson. It premieres in US in the spring of 2015. QED International will handle the movie’s sales.

    Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Leem Lubany are also in Marrakech to star in the comedy.

    Rock The Kasbah’s story follows Richie Vance, a has-been music manager who decides to send one of his artists on a tour for the benefit of the American troops in Afghanistan. After some complications, Vance finds himself alone in Kabul, penniless and without his passport. He then discovers a young Afghan girl with a crystalline voice, whom he decides to register to compete on the TV Afghan’s equivalent of the show “American Idol.”

    Edited by Timothy Filla

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    Fiona Woolf

    Rabat  - Morocco and the United Kingdom share the ambition to increase bilateral trade and create new job opportunities, said Wednesday in Rabat, Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf.

    "We have an incredible opportunity to share our expertise and our economic partnerships to cover the entire region," Ms. Woolf said at a press conference following her meeting with director-general the Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT), Abderrafie Zouiten.

    "The visit of Mrs. Woolf was an opportunity for the Office to show the tourist appeal of Morocco and showcase ONMT tourism strategy, said Zouiten.

    ONMT presented during the meeting the project of "Rabat, city of light, cultural capital of the Kingdom", and which provides for the construction of a large theater in Rabat, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Museum of Archaeology and Geology, the National Higher Institute for Music and Choreographic Arts, as part of the efforts of the Kingdom to promote access to culture," said the Moroccan official.

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    Fiona Woolf

    Rabat  - Morocco is becoming a gateway for foreign investors to Africa, owing to its experience in partnership with Francophone Africa, said on Wednesday Fiona Woolf, lord-mayor of the City of London, one of world's leading economic and financial centers.

    "The United Kingdom can learn from Moroccan know-how in the region where Morocco is a pioneer", she said at a press conference following a two-day visit to Morocco.

    The Lord-Mayor, who called Morocco to develop its stock market legislation, noted that "the United Kingdom pledges to help Morocco develop its laws to increase Casablanca Stock Market attractiveness for foreign capital"

    The two-day visit was an opportunity to "explore cooperation perspectives and create synergies between the financial institutions of Morocco and the United Kingdom", went on Fiona Woolf, the second woman to serve as lord-Mayor of the City of London.

    During her visit to Morocco, Woolf who was received by King Mohammed VI, toured the Casablanca stock market and met with several officials and entrepreneurs.

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