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Morocco / COVID-19
Population 33,848,242
Total Confirmed 1220279
Active 1204166
Total deaths 16113
Total recovered 0
Death rate 1.32 %


Morocco ( (listen); Arabic: المغرب‎, romanized: al-maḡrib, lit. 'place the sun sets; the west'; Standard Moroccan Tamazight: ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ, romanized: lmeɣrib), officially the Kingdom of Morocco (Arabic: المملكة المغربية, romanized: al-mamlaka al-maḡribiyya, lit. 'The Western Kingdom'; Standard Moroccan Tamazight: ⵜⴰⴳⵍⴷⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ, romanized: tageldit n lmaɣrib), is a country situated in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, with land borders with Algeria to the east and Western Sahara (status disputed) to the south. Morocco also claims the exclaves of Ceuta, Melilla and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, all of them under Spanish jurisdiction, as well as several small Spanish-controlled islands off its coast. The capital is Rabat and the largest city is Casablanca. Morocco spans an area of 710,850 km2 (274,460 sq mi) and has a population of over 36 million. Since the foundation of the first Moroccan state by Idris I in 788 AD, the country has been dominated by a series of independent dynasties, reaching its zenith under Almoravid and Almohad rule, as it spanned parts of Iberia and northwestern Africa. The Portuguese Empire started in Morocco in the 15th century, after Portuguese conquests along the Moroccan coast, founding settlements which continued into the 17th and 18th centuries. The Marinid and Saadi dynasties resisted foreign domination into the 17th century, allowing Morocco to stay the only northwest African country to prevent Ottoman occupation. The Alaouite dynasty, which rules to this day, seized power in 1631. The country's strategic location near the mouth of the Mediterranean brought the attention of Europe, and in 1912, Morocco was divided into French and Spanish protectorates, with an global zone in Tangier. It regained its independence in 1956, and has since remained relatively stable and prosperous by regional standards, with the fifth largest market in Africa.Morocco claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, formerly Spanish Sahara, as its Southern Provinces. After Spain consented to decolonise the territory to Morocco and Mauritania in 1975, a guerrilla war arose with local forces. Mauritania relinquished its claim in 1979, and the war lasted until a ceasefire in 1991. Morocco currently occupies two thirds of the territory, and peace processes have thus far failed to break the political deadlock. The sovereign state is a unitary Semi-constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The country wields substantial influence in both Africa and the Arab world, and is thought of as a regional power and a middle power. The King of Morocco holds vast legislative and executive powers, especially over the military, foreign policy and religious affairs. Executive power is exercised by the authorities, while legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Assembly of Representatives and the Assembly of Councillors. The king could issue decrees known as dahirs, which have the force of law. He could also dissolve the parliament after consulting the Prime Minister and the president of the constitutional court. Morocco's predominant religion is Islam, and its official languages are Arabic and Berber, the latter achieving official recognition in 2011, having become the native language of Morocco before the Muslim conquest in the seventh century C.E.. The Moroccan dialect of Arabic, referred to as Darija, and French are also widely spoken. Moroccan culture is a combination of Berber, Arab, Sephardi Jews, West African and European influences. Morocco is part of the Arab League, the Union for the Mediterranean and the African Union.

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