Moroccan citizenship can only be granted by King Mohammed VI.
Rabat – According to the Moroccan gazette, King Mohammed VI has granted Moroccan citizenship to a number of foreign public figures, including Iranian businessman Mohammed Reda Nouri who is the husband of Lalla Joumala, Moroccan Ambassador to the US.
The Moroccan citizenship was also granted to Algerian writer Kebir Mustapha Ammi who was born in 1952 in the Moroccan city of Taza, northern Fez, to a Moroccan mother.
The King also granted citizenship to French novelist Michel Canesi, author the novel, Villa Taylor, based in Marrakech.
Moroccan citizenship was also given to French businessman Patrick Guerrand-Hermès who is an amateur polo player. Hermes lives in Larache city, northern Morocco, where he owns stables and Polo club, PGH La Palmeraie Polo Club.
The French singer of Algerian origin, Francoise Atlan, has also been granted Moroccan citizenship. Atlan, who specializes Andalusian and Jewish music, performed in a musical rendition of three prayers, mixing the three Abrahamic religions, for King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis at King Mohammed VI Institute for Training Imams.
German-born boxer of Moroccan origin, Mohamed Zine and Russian-Austrian mixed martial artist of Chechen descent, Mairbek Taisumov, have also been granted Moroccan citizenship.
In 2013, King Mohammed VI granted Moroccan citizenship to the Algerian rai singer Cheb Khaled.