Rabat - This week’s roundup offers readers the major news that made headlines from Moroccan news outlets and newspapers, featuring social, cultural and political activities.
Rabat – This week’s roundup offers readers the major news that made headlines from Moroccan news outlets and newspapers, featuring social, cultural and political activities.
Boycott Continues Against ‘High Prices’ of Key Goods
Rising prices for several products have forced consumers across Morocco to boycott three specific producers: Centrale Laitière (dairy products company), Afriquia (gasoline retailer, a subsidiary of the Akwa Group), and Sidi Ali companies (bottled water). The Moroccan press has been reporting heavily about the ongoing online boycott campaign, which was launched on April 20 on social media, protesting the rise in commodity prices across the country.
On Tuesday, the world of football was stunned to learn of the death of former Atlas Lions’ coach Henri Michel after a long battle with cancer. King Mohammed VI addressed a letter of condolence to Michel’s family and the world of football. The King also paid tribute to the sporting legacy of the late footballer, who left his mark on the French and world football scenes.
King Mohammed VI’s Brazzaville Visit
King Mohammed VI landed on Saturday night in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo to attend the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Climate Commission and the Blue Fund of the Congo Basin, taking place on Sunday. During his official visit, the King will also chair a signing ceremony of several investment agreements in various fields, including health, education, mining and agriculture. During the opening of the symposium, the King recalled the challenges that hinder the full development of the continent.
Security Council’s Resolution on Western Sahara
Morocco’s leading newspapers, including Al Massae, Assabah and Akhbar Al Yaoum in addition to Moroccan online news sources, have all reported on United Nations Resolution 2414 related to Western Sahara. On Friday, the UN Security Council adopted the resolution which extended the mandate of the UN mission, known as MINURSO, for six more months. The resolution also put significant pressure on the Polisario Front following their repeated illegal activities east Morocco’s defense wall.
Morocco’s Renewable Energy Sector on the Move
On Thursday, King Mohammed VI expressed his satisfaction over the progress made by the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) as it relates to Morocco’s renewable energy sector. MASEN’s president Mustapha Bakkoury presented program status updates for the monarch, including updates on the Noor solar power plants, particularly Noor Ouarzazate II and Noor Ouarzazate IV, which will be operational in May.
Moroccan Bid Threatens United 2026
While Morocco is continuing to collect support from several countries, US President Donald Trump felt the heat and has warned countries over their support for the Moroccan bid. Trump took to his Twitter account on Thursday and wrote that the US would possibly withhold its support to the countries pledging support for the North African bid. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid,” wrote Trump in reference to the widespread support that many football federations have pledged the Moroccan bid.
Morocco’s Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said on Thursday in Rabat that the government cabinet plans to increase the budget for social dialogue to MAD 6 billion. El Khalfi said that the government also plans to increase the salaries of officials, a measure that would cost nearly MAD 4 billion. The strategy is aimed at improving the income of more than 700,000 employees.