by Mary Stucky
Veronica Jean Seltzer and Sara Ait Khorsa contributed to the reporting of this story.
Last year saw revolutions across the Arab world, but the so-called “Arab Spring” did not topple the king of Morocco. And while the country has seen calls for greater democracy, many Moroccans dream instead of persuading the king to give them a business.
The powerful monarch has given companies as gifts to thousands of his subjects and in a country where unemployment hovers around fifteen percent, such a gift is prized by millions. Popular Moroccan singer Latifa Raâfat is one of almost 4,000 Moroccans given a bus company by the king. The profitable concern operates a coastal route from the big city of Casablanca to the resort town of Essaouira. Moroccan actors, singers, athletes and other friends of the King also received licenses to run transportation businesses. Click here to read more and listen to the broadcast …