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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI celebrates 20 years on the throne

King Mohammed VI Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Rabat,Morocco Jul 31, 2019, 02.21 PM (IST)

King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Monday announced the launch later this year of a committee charged with elaborating a new development model to tackle social inequalities, while also urging a government reshuffle.

The new committee will serve as an advisory body to make suggestions to improve reforms in fields such as education, health, agriculture, investment and taxation.

The monarch made the speech to celebrate 20 years as king of the country.

The 55-year-old king enumerated some key achievements of his rule, with emphasis on infrastructure developments such as highways, high-speed railway, ports, renewable energy and urban development.

The monarchy delegated some of its powers to an elected government in 2011 after protesters called for a constitutional referendum.

Morocco has largely been insulated from the turmoil that hit North Africa and the Middle East since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 although it regularly sees protests over economic and social problems.

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The new committee will serve as an advisory body to make suggestions to improve reforms in fields such as education, health, agriculture, investment and taxation.