Regions of Morocco

Regions of Morocco
جهات المغرب (Arabic)
Timnaḍin n Murakuc (Berber)
Category Unitary state
Location Kingdom of Morocco
Number 12 Regions
Populations 142,955 (Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab) – 6,861,737 (Casablanca-Settat)
Government Regional council
Subdivisions Provinces and prefectures
The 12 administrative Regions of Morocco (in their native Berber names)
Moroccan administrative division

Regions are currently the highest administrative divisions in Morocco. Since 2015 Morocco officially administers 12 regions, including one (Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab) that lies completely within the disputed territory of Western Sahara and two (Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, Guelmim-Oued Noun) that lie partially within it. The regions are subdivided into a total of 75 second-order administrative divisions, which are prefectures and provinces.[1]

A region is governed by a directly elected regional council. The president of the council is responsible for carrying out the council's decisions. Prior to the 2011 constitutional reforms, this was the responsibility of the Wali, the representative of the central government appointed by the King who now plays a supporting role in the administration of the region.[2]

Regions since 2015

On 3 January 2010 the Moroccan government established the Consultative Commission for the Regionalization (CCR), which aimed to decentralize power to the regions, and confer a greater autonomy to the regions coinciding with the Western Sahara. The commission published provisional names and numbers for the new regions,[3] and their names were officially fixed in the Bulletin Officiel dated 5 March 2015.[4] The new regional councils elected their presidents on 14 September 2015[5] and regional governors were appointed on 13 October 2015.[6]

Region Capital
Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima | Tangier
Oriental | Oujda
Fès-Meknès | Fès
Rabat-Salé-Kénitra | Rabat
Béni Mellal-Khénifra | Béni Mellal
Casablanca-Settat | Casablanca
Marrakesh-Safi | Marrakesh
Drâa-Tafilalet | Errachidia
Souss-Massa | Agadir
Guelmim-Oued Noun[A] | Guelmim
Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra[A] | Laâyoune
Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab[A] | Dakhla

A.^ Lies partially or completely within the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Main proposal
Main proposal
Alternate proposal with Midelt Province in Fès-Meknès (3) instead of Béni Mellal-Khénifra (5)
Alternate proposal with
Midelt Province in Fès-Meknès (3) instead of Béni Mellal-Khénifra (5)
Alternate proposal with Figuig Province in Oriental (2) instead of Drâa-Tafilalet (8)
Alternate proposal with
Figuig Province in Oriental (2) instead of Drâa-Tafilalet (8)
The different regional configurations proposed in 2010

1997 to 2010: Full unitary system

Between 1997 and 2010, Morocco had 16 regions.[7]

The old regions of Morocco (1997-2015).
Region Capital
Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira | Dakhla
Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra | Laâyoune
Guelmim-Es Semara | Guelmim
Souss-Massa-Drâa | Agadir
Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen | Kénitra
Chaouia-Ouardigha | Settat
Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz | Marrakesh
Oriental | Oujda
Grand Casablanca | Casablanca
Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer | Rabat
Doukkala-Abda | Safi
Tadla-Azilal | Béni Mellal
Meknès-Tafilalet | Meknès
Fès-Boulemane | Fès
Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate | Al Hoceima
Tangier-Tetouan | Tangier

The entirety of Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira (1), the vast majority of Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra (2), and part of Guelmim-Es Semara (3) were situated within the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The sovereignty of Western Sahara is disputed between Morocco and the Polisario Front which claims the territory as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Most of the region is administered by Morocco as its Southern Provinces. The Polisario Front, based in headquarters at Tindouf in south western Algeria, controls only those areas east of the Moroccan Wall.

Regions before 1997

Before 1997, Morocco was divided into 7 regions: Central, Eastern, North-Central, Northwestern, South-Central, Southern, Tansift.[8]

See also


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