Rabat - King Mohammed VI on Monday authorized Moroccan women to hold the position of public notary officials (adoul).
Rabat – King Mohammed VI on Monday authorized Moroccan women to hold the position of public notary officials (adoul).
An unprecedented decision in Morocco, the King issued a royal decree on January 22, allowing women to exercise several duties as notary officials, including documenting marriages.
The position of adoul (public notary official) was traditionally held by a religious man who is certified by the government to manually draw up marriage papers and manage inheritance cases.
The royal decree allows Moroccan women throughout the country to carry out several duties in accordance with the Islamic law (Sharia), such as documenting witness testimonies in courts and managing inheritance cases and real estate transactions.
The King’s announced his decision in conjunction with a Council of Ministers he chaired on Monday at Casablanca’s Royal Palace. Following the ministerial meeting, Abdelhak Lamrini the spokesman of the royal palace said that “the King has instructed the Minister of Justice to open up many adoul positions for women and to take the necessary measures to achieve this objective.”
During the Council of Ministers, the King also appointed five new ministers to fill the positions that have remained vacant since October 2017, when the King dismissed the ministers due to development delays in Al Hoceima.
The list of the newly appointed ministers includes: Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, Minister of National Planning and Housing; Said Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research; Anas Doukkali, Minister of Health; Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Mohamed El Gharass, Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education.