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  1. 1. By Jena Singleton Morocco
  2. 2. Moroccos Flag red with a green pentacle (five-pointed, linear star) known as Sulayman's (Solomon's) seal in the center of the flag; red and green are traditional colors in Arab flags, although the use of red is more commonly associated with the Arab states of the Persian gulf; design dates to 1912
  3. 3. <ul><li>How long has the country been independent? </li></ul><ul><li>2 March 1956 </li></ul><ul><li>Who did it get it’s independence from? </li></ul><ul><li>From France </li></ul><ul><li>Under what circumstances did the country get independence-war, treaty. Etc? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What type of government does it have? </li></ul><ul><li>Constitutional Monarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the leader? </li></ul><ul><li>King MOHAMMED VI (since 30 July 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Suffrage? </li></ul><ul><li>18 years of age; universal </li></ul><ul><li>Do they have free and fair elections? </li></ul><ul><li>the monarch is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch following legislative elections </li></ul><ul><li>What are the current significant political </li></ul><ul><li>issues in the country? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>What is the basis of the economy there? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they export, produce, etc? </li></ul><ul><li>They export Clothing and Textiles, electric components, inorganic chemicals, transistors, crude minerals, fertilizers, petroleum products, citrus fruits, vegetables, fish. </li></ul><ul><li>What about farming? </li></ul><ul><li>What about the GDP and GDP per capita? </li></ul><ul><li>GDP-146.7 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>GDP per capita- 4,600 </li></ul><ul><li>Other significant economic factors? </li></ul><ul><li>Labor force- Ag- 44.6%, Industry 19.8%, Services 35.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Below poverty line- 15% </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment- 9.9% </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>life expectancy-75.47 </li></ul><ul><li>infant mortality-29.75 </li></ul><ul><li>literacy- Age 15 and older can read. </li></ul><ul><li>HIV infection rate- 0.1% </li></ul><ul><li>major religions- Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2% </li></ul><ul><li>What are the major social problems facing the country? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Current Events </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Death toll after Moroccan minaret collapse now 41 </li></ul><ul><li>2010-02-21 00:00:00 In this frame from TV rescuers carry a victim after a minaret collapsed du...In this frame from TV rescuers are seen at the scene after a minaret colla...In this frame from TV rescuers carry a victim after a minaret collapsed du...In this frame from TV rescuers are at the scene after a minaret collapsed ...In this frame from TV rescuers are at the scene after a minaret collapsed ...Relatives line up bodies of victims of the collapsed minaret for a funeral ... </li></ul><ul><li>Relatives carry the body of a victim of the collapsed minaret near the dama... </li></ul><ul><li>Showing 7 of 7  </li></ul><ul><li>Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Saturday ordered experts to check the safety of the country's historic mosques as the death toll from the collapse of a centuries-old minaret rose to 41 people, the official news agency said. </li></ul><ul><li>The minaret fell onto a crowded mosque during prayers Friday in the city of Meknes, a UNESCO heritage site and a walled city that is a maze of winding narrow streets. Some 75 people were injured, 17 of whom are still hospitalized, the North African nation's official MAP news agency said. </li></ul><ul><li>A day after the accident, a police officer with a sniffer dog patrolled the site, but the main search operations appeared to have to have wrapped up. The falling tower toppled onto about three-quarters of the mosque, leaving behinds piles of rubble and sand. </li></ul><ul><li>Family members carried victims' bodies through the streets en route to burials Saturday. Thousands of people, many sobbing, marched to a local cemetery. </li></ul><ul><li>Officials blamed the accident on heavy rain that weakened the minaret at the Bab Berdieyinne Mosque, according to an official Interior Ministry release. </li></ul><ul><li>Journalists were allowed to enter the part of the building that had not collapsed. Amid the rubble were dozens of shoes, apparently left behind by worshippers scrambling to escape. </li></ul><ul><li>The old town of Meknes — 120 kilometers (62 miles) east of the capital Rabat — is a pedestrian zone with narrow streets, which made rescue efforts more difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>The king asked officials to carry out &quot;urgent studies&quot; of historic mosques nationwide to check their safety, MAP said. Local officials put together teams including engineers and experts to study them, it said. </li></ul><ul><li>Abdeslam Bouchikhi, a local official with the religious affairs ministry, said King Mohammed VI had visited the mosque and prayed there several years ago. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Morocco's former colonial ruler, was among those who sent condolences to the king. </li></ul><ul><li>The king said after the collapse that the mosque, built under Sultan Moulay Ismail, who ruled in the 17th and 18th centuries and made Meknes his capital, would be rebuilt. </li></ul>