Morocco or the Kingdom of Morocco is a sovereign state located in the Maghreb region of North Africa.
Geographically, Morocco is characterized by rugged mountainous interior, large tracks of desert and a lengthy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has a population of over 38 Million people and an area of 446,550 Square Km. Morocco's capital is Rabat, and the largest city is Casablanca. Other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Salé, Fes, and Meknes. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbors. Moroccan culture is a blend of Berber, Arab, West African, and European influences.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco holds vast executive and legislative powers, especially over the military, foreign policy and religious affairs. Executive power is exercised by the government, while legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Assembly of Representatives and the Assembly of Councillors. The king can issue decrees called dahirs which have the force of law. He can also dissolve the parliament after consulting the Prime Minister and the president of the Constitutional court.
Morocco's predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic, French and Berber. With English being widely spoken among the new generations and even in Business. The Moroccan dialect, referred to as Darija, and French are also widely spoken. Morocco is a member of the Arab League, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the African Union. It has the fifth largest economy of Africa.