King Mohammed VI urges action to address Morocco’s social problems
RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI called on the government to do more to address the country’s social and economic problems, as the North African country struggles with social disparities.
He delivered the speech from the northwestern Rif region in the city of Al Hoceima where popular protests over poverty and neglect erupted in 2016 after a fishmonger was crushed to death inside a rubbish truck while trying to recover fish confiscated by police.
Billions of Moroccan dirhams allocated to social development plans could better yield results had there been proper coordination and better targeting of those in need, the king said.
“I attach special importance to and take a keen interest in social affairs – both as a King and as a person,” he said.
Morocco is struggling to attract investments to curb rising unemployment as the economy has been hit by rising oil prices.