HM the King chairs Council of Ministers in Rabat

His Majesty King Mohammed VI chaired, Tuesday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a council of ministers, said a statement from spokesman of the Royal Palace, Abdelhak Lamrini.

The council of ministers examined and adopted a draft law and five international agreements.

   At the beginning of this meeting, the Council discussed and approved the draft law on military justice.

   This project, which was developed in accordance with the royal high orientations, aims to standardize national legislation on military justice with the provisions of the Constitution and international principles this field, put into practice Morocco's constitutional and international commitments in terms of promoting  the rule of law and human rights, and provide the necessary conditions and guarantees of a fair trial in all the courts of the Kingdom.

   This project also introduces major changes to the status of military justice from a Special Court to being one of the specialized judicial institutions that guarantee rights and freedoms, as regards to competence, organization, procedures, and the composition of the Court.

   In this context, the project provides for excluding civilians from the jurisdiction of the military court regardless of the crimes they might have committed. This places Morocco among the most developed democratic countries in this field.

   The bill also excludes the military from the jurisdiction of the military court in the event of common crimes.

   Part of strengthening  friendship and brotherhood relations with other countries, the Council of Ministers approved five international agreements, backed by laws. They concern customs cooperation, public service, double taxation and tax evasion, and the removal of entry visas for ordinary passports from Morocco and Gabon.

   His Majesty the King gave his instructions to the Foreign Minister to establish a joint commission joining the private sector and the government to monitor the successful implementation of signed agreements, and to carry out  the economic and social development projects which were launched during HM the King's African tour.

   His Majesty also gave his instructions for this committee to contact all the stakeholders to identify and develop new economic development projects to strengthen the successful partnership between Morocco with African states, under the royal vision of South-South cooperation and active solidarity.


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