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Over 300 prison inmates in Morocco test positive for covid-19

Some 313 coronavirus cases have been reported in Moroccan jails following mass testing for Covid-19 in several of the north African country's detention centres.The authorities say Ouarzazate prison in central Morocco recorded 303 cases, while 10 other cases were...

Morocco jail records over 60 coronavirus cases

More than 60 cases of coronavirus infections have been recorded in a jail in southern Morocco, mostly among staff, the country's prisons service said.The DGAPR agency, in a statement late on Monday, said 60 workers and six inmates had...

Morocco king frees 5,654 prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has pardoned 5,654 prisoners and ordered measures to protect inmates from the coronavirus outbreak, the justice ministry said on Sunday.The inmates were selected on the basis of their age, frail health, time spent in prison...

Morocco sign deal with Chinese firm to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Rabat

A Chinese firm has signed a deal with Moroccan companies to build the tallest skyscraper in Africa in the capital of Morocco, local media reported on Sunday. The deal was concluded in Casablanca by China Railway Construction Corporation and Morocco's...

Morocco PM says government needs more studies on currency reform

Morocco's surprise delay in announcing its proposed currency liberalization came only because the government needed "further studies" of the plan, Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani said, dismissing speculation that it ran into significant problems. Last week, Morocco's central bank postponed...

Morocco crackdown on dissents continues; arrests leaders of protests in the north

Moroccan authorities have arrested a leading activist who had been organising protests against official abuses and corruption in the north of the country, a government source said on Monday. Nasser Zefzafi was arrested on Monday after a warrant was issued...

Moroccan lawmaker shot dead outside home in Casablanca

A Moroccan lawmaker was shot dead in front of his home on Tuesday night in Casablanca in what appeared to be a personal dispute. Abdellatif Mirdas, 53, member of parliament for the liberal Constitutional Union Party, was shot three...

Moroccan lawmakers say months without government puts public spending at risk

Public spending in Morocco is being put at risk by the country's inability to form a government nearly five months after elections, opposition lawmakers said. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which led the last coalition government, increased...
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Burkina Faso main opposition leader concedes defeat in election

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