Kingdom of Morocco
Political Status: Independent since March 2, 1956; constitutional monarchy established in 1962; present constitution approved March 1, 1972.
Area: 274,461 sq. mi. (710,850 sq. km.), including approximately 97,343 sq. mi. (252,120 sq. km.) of Western Sahara, two-thirds of which was annexed in February 1976 and the remaining one-third claimed upon Mauritanian withdrawal in August 1979.
Population: 29,891,708 (2004C); 32,592,175 (2007E).
Major Urban Centers (2005E): RABAT (1,654,000), Casablanca (2,957,000), Fez (967,000), Marrakesh (840,000), Oujda (406,000).
Official Language: Arabic.
Monetary Unit: Dirham (official rate November 1, 2008: 8.72 dirhams = $1US).
Sovereign: King MOHAMED VI, became king on July 23, 1999, following the death of his father, HASSAN II.
Heir to the Throne: Crown Prince MOULAY HASSAN.
Prime Minister: Abbas EL FASSI (Istiqlal), appointed by King Mohamed on September 19, 2007, replacing ...