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Abbas annouces long postponed Palestinian elections

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday announced dates for the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years, setting legislative polls for May 22 and a July 31 presidential vote. Abbas’s Fatah party, which controls the Palestinian Authority based in the occupied West Bank, and the Hamas group, who hold …

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Tunisia says clear no to normalization

Tunisia is not interested in establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and its position will not be affected by any international changes, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Morocco this week joined the list of Arab countries that have normalized relations with Israel this year, and Israeli envoys arrived in Morocco …

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Here to Stay?

The new coronavirus may be deepening dictatorship in parts of the Middle East already tightly controlled by authoritarian regimes. However, there is a subtle change at work as well—not in the degree of authoritarianism but in its nature. By Nathan J. Brown and Yasmine Farouk Close attention to the ways …

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Emirates Red Crescent pushes eyecare in Morocco

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, launched the sixth phase of a campaign to combat eye diseases in Morocco, following the directives of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. …

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Adnoc, Morocco’s OCP plan fertiliser joint venture

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and the OCP Group of Morocco (OCP) are planning to explore the phased creation of a new global fertiliser joint venture to boost their presence globally and extend their partnership further. The two companies already have a partnership established through the existing long-term …

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Africa, south-east Asia seen driving takaful growth

The global Islamic insurance (takaful) industry has strong growth prospects across relatively new markets in Africa and south-east Asia, with significant Muslim populations, as well as core markets such as the GCC, Malaysia and Turkey, according to analysts. In light of the industry’s strong growth prospects, the World Takaful Conference …

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Morocco loosens currency peg to attract investors

Morocco will loosen its currency peg in a long-awaited move aimed at strengthening its economy and avoiding financial imbalances that forced a slew of emerging nations into sharp devaluations. Bank al-Maghrib, as the central bank is known, will allow the dirham to fluctuate 2.5 per cent above or below its …

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Morocco hails Sweden’s U-turn on recognising Western Sahara

Morocco has praised Sweden’s decision not to recognise Western Sahara as an independent state, following months of diplomatic tensions over the Swedish stance on the disputed territory. “Sweden’s decision not to recognise the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic [SADR] complies with international law and is consistent with the UN-brokered political …

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The Western Sahara conflict resurges after failure of the peace process

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE –By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — LAAYOUNE, Western Sahara — The Western Sahara issue has resurged to the forefront after the European Court of Justice decided on Dec. 11, 2015 [http://www.wsj.com/articles/court-annuls-eu-trade-accord-with-morocco-cites-western-sahara-issue-1449768327] to cancel a trade deal between the European Union (EU) and Morocco. The Polisario Front [Popular …

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