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Statement by the Royal Office

Here follows a statement by the Royal Office:

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, has decided to institute the Amazigh New Year’s Day as an official paid national holiday, along with the first of Moharram of the Hegira year and the New Year’s Day of the Gregorian calendar.

In this context, His Majesty the King, may God glorify Him, has given His High Directions to the Head of Government to take the necessary measures to implement this High Royal Decision.

This Royal initiative comes to consecrate the High solicitude of which His Majesty the King, may God preserve Him, does not cease to surround the Amazigh as an essential component of the authentic Moroccan identity, enriched by the plurality of its tributaries, and common heritage to all Moroccans without exception.

It is also part of the constitutional consecration of the Amazigh language as an official language of the country, alongside the Arabic language.”

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