HM King Mohammed VI is an exception among all Arab kings and presidents. His Sherifian lineage and the being a member of the Alaouid dynasty that has ruled Morocco for centuries, as well as his status as Commander of the Faithful, make him an outstanding personality.
Since his enthronement, he has decided to give the monarchy a new lease of life and a different form of what prevailed during the reign of his father, the late HM Hassan II.
Indeed, Mohammed VI enjoys a great love from his people who have nicknamed him “the King of the Poor”, in view of the various and varied reforms he has insisted on implementing as well as the initiatives aimed at supporting vulnerable populations, in particular the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH). His people also love him because of his humility. He drives his own car, stops at the traffic lights like everyone else, picks up selfies with people from his own people and does not hesitate to kiss the disabled and surround them with great affection.
Since his accession to the throne of his predecessors, he has continued to implement successive reforms and has gradually divested himself of certain ancestral traditions of the Makhzen, just as he was the first Alaouid king to marry a girl of the people and broadcast his wedding festivities live on television, just as he allowed his wife to appear publicly at official ceremonies and make the headlines in the media.
On the political level, HM has launched a new era, called the “new concept of authority”. He also and above all reached out to opponents of his father’s regime through the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, while compensating the victims of the “lead years”, as part of a human rights initiative applauded by the whole world.
In social terms, he has revolutionized the Family Code by granting Moroccan women equal status with their male partners in terms of rights and duties, despite the reluctance of many conservative religious movements.
Mohammed VI received a strict education from his father who was eager for the Crown Prince to immerse himself in Koranic culture and the tolerant principles of Islam. To do this, he enrolled him at the age of four in the Koranic school of the Royal Palace of Rabat, before joining the Royal College where he completed his primary and secondary studies up to the Baccalaureate.
For his higher studies, he joined Mohammed V University in Rabat to study law, culminating in a bachelor’s degree on the theme “The Arab-African Union and the Kingdom of Morocco’s strategy in international relations”.
On 29 October 1993, he obtained his Doctorate of Law, with distinction, from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, after having defended a thesis on the theme “Cooperation between the European Economic Community and the Arab Maghreb Union”.
It should also be noted that in June 2000, George Washington University awarded him an honorary doctorate.