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Mohammed VI
King of Morocco
Reign 23 July 1999 – present (10 years)
Predecessor Hassan II
Spouse Princess Lalla Salma
Moulay Hassan
Lalla Khadija
Father Hassan II
Mother Lalla Latifa Hammou
Born 21 August 1963 (1963-08-21) (age 46)
Rabat, Morocco
Religion Islam

Mohammed VI (Arabic: محمد السادس‎) is the present King of Morocco. He was born on 21 August 1963 and ascended to the throne in July 1999.



His father, the late King Hassan II, was keen on giving him a religious and political education from an early age. At the age of four, he started attending the Qur'anic school at the Royal Palace where he learned the Qur'an by heart, and received a religious and traditional education.

After primary and secondary studies at the Royal College and after he received his Baccalaureate in 1981, Mohammed obtained in 1985 a B.A in law at the College of law of the Mohammed V University in Rabat. His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations".

In 1987 he obtained his first Certificat d'Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences and in July 1988 he obtained a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies DEA in public law.

In November 1988 he trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then President of the European Commission.

He obtained his doctorate in law (PhD) with "Very Honourable" distinction and the Congratulations of the Jury on 29 October 1993 from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis on "EEC-Maghreb Relations".

He is the recipient of an honorary degree by The George Washington University awarded in 22 June 2000 for his promotion of democracy in Morocco.

Mohammed was promoted to the rank of Major General on 12 July 1994.

Social reform and liberalization

George W. Bush talks with King Mohammed VI of Morocco in the Oval Office, Tuesday, 23 April 2002

Shortly after he took the throne, he addressed his nation via television, promising to take on poverty and corruption, while creating jobs and improving Morocco's human rights record. Mohammed VI is generally opposed by Islamist conservatives, and some of his reforms have angered fundamentalists. He also created a new family code, or Mudawana, which granted women more power. The law came into effect in February, 2004.

Royal Family of Morocco
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Mohammed VI also created the so-called Instance Equité et Réconciliation (IER), a commission, which was supposed to research human rights violations under Hassan II. The commission was however not allowed to mention Mohammed's predecessor or report about human rights violations since 1999, when Mohammed was enthroned. This move was welcomed by many as a move towards democracy, but also criticized because the commission could not criticize the violation of freedom of speech, which according to human rights organisations still exists in Morocco.

King Mohammed pardoned on 4 April 2008 eight demonstrators convicted in 2007 on charges of undermining the monarchy. The eight men, all members of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, were detained after chanting slogans critical of the monarchy.


Mohammed has one brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, and three sisters, Princess Lalla Meryem, Princess Lalla Asma, and Princess Lalla Hasna. On 21 March 2002 he married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat, giving her the title of Princess. Princess Lalla Salma has two children, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, who was born on 8 May 2003 and Princess Lalla Khadija who was born on 28 February 2007.

Mohammed and his family have The ONA GROUP which is a Holding invested in several areas of activity ( mining, food processing, retail and financial services ...) making the Royal family one of the largest fortunes of the world.


Mohammed is estimated by Forbes to be worth $2 billion. His palace's daily operating budget is reported to be $960,000, owing much of it to the expense of clothes and car repair.[1]


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Mohammed VI of Morocco
Born: 21 August 1963
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Hassan II
King of Morocco
1999 – present
Moulay Hassan


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