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Morocco Celebrates 60th Birthday of King Mohammed VI


Coinciding with Youth Day, Morocco commemorates King Mohammed VI’s 59th birthday on August 21.

Despite the Moroccan King’s decision to forego the official ceremony at the royal palace to commemorate his birthday, Moroccans still accord special importance to this day.

In 2019, the King decided to end the tradition of officially celebrating his birthday with big ceremonies, refocusing his attention on the well-being of the Moroccan people.

The royal decision followed a previous order to forgo some festivities associated with the celebration of Throne Day.

It also represented the Moroccan monarch’s desire to control the country’s expenditures, keeping with his efforts to support development projects and socio-economic growth.

King Mohammed VI was born on August 21, 1963. He is the Alaouite dynasty’s twenty-third King.

After his father, the late King Hassan II who died on July 23, 1999, he ascended to the throne.

The King graduated from Mohammed V University in Rabat with a baccalaureate degree in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in law in 1985.

He was appointed colonel major of the Royal Moroccan Army (FAR) the same year he completed his bachelor’s degree.

The monarch then received a higher studies certificate (CES) in political sciences in 1987 and a Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in public law in 1988.

In 1993, the King completed his PhD in law with distinction from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France.

He then served as the Royal Armed Forces’ Offices and Services Coordinator until 1994 when he was appointed the Royal Moroccan Army commander-in-chief.

In 2001, the King married Princess Lalla Salma. A marriage that was crowned with Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, the royal couple’s first child, born in 2003; and their second child, Princess Lalla Khadija, born in 2007.

King Mohammed VI’s major priority since ascending to the throne has been to elevate the country’s economic, social, and political affairs.

Owing to his emphasis on investing in human development, Morocco has made significant achievements in boosting employment, literacy, access to education, and healthcare in the past two decades.

In line with his forward-looking vision for Morocco, King Mohammed VI has also overseen major economic and urban development initiatives that have had a palpable effect on the kingdom.

King Mohammed VI’s foreign policy prioritizes pan-Africanism, with South-South cooperation and strong relations with continental players being critical components of his worldview.

This is in addition to the Western Saraha file, which remains the King’s primary focus in foreign policy.


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