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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Saturday, April 13, 2019

LE MATIN DU SAHARA
Opening of the second session of the third legislative year 2018-2019:
The second session of the third legislative year 2018-2019 opened on Friday in Rabat. Parliamentarians will have to speed up the legislative pace in order to adopt the legislative texts submitted to Parliament since the previous session. The Nation's representatives have their work cut out for them as decisive bills have to be examined and approved. In this regard, it is worth mentioning in particular the draft framework law on the reform of national education, which has accentuated the divide among the components of the majority. Last Friday's plenary session was also marked by the reappointment of Habib El Malki as Speaker of the House of Representatives for the mid-term election. Mr. El Malki will thus keep his place on the perch for the third legislative year and for the remaining period of the 2016-2021 legislature...

Expansion of the Moroccan automotive industry, a successful bet:
Morocco has succeeded in establishing a strong base for the expansion of its automotive industry, outperforming South Africa to become the leader of this industry in the African continent, said Martyn Davies, head of the automotive sector at Deloitte Africa, quoted by the MAP agency. Thus, the Kingdom has established itself as the leading automobile producer in Africa through a policy of cost reductions, significant incentives to the sector and significant investment in infrastructure, Davies said quoted by the South African media…


LIBERATION
After a long gestation period, law 47.14 was passed:
Act 47.14 on medically assisted procreation has just been passed. The Official Bulletin being authoritative. But, in fact, the preparation and finalization of this legislation to allow couples with infertility problems to have legal access to medical assistance techniques took a long time before it was adopted by both Houses of Parliament. Several religious and moral issues have significantly delayed its promulgation. A long debate was launched in 2013 with the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Habous, the Ulema Councils, the medical professions and researchers on the relevant provisions...

Habib El Malki receives the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations:
Habib El Malki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, received on Thursday Miguel Angel Moratinos, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, who is currently on a working visit to our country. Miguel Angel Moratinos explained that his visit to the House of Representatives was due to the important role played by national parliaments in consolidating the values of the Alliance of Civilizations, which are expressed through tolerance, openness and respect for others...