News of the Day October 8

Moroccan Man Dies and Ceuta Crossing Point

By Morocco World News

Lede: Youssef Sedrawi, a 20-year-old porter, or human mule, died while trying to cross the Ceuta border.

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This is newsworthy because a similar event happened only a month ago when a Moroccan woman died at the same crossing. Both deaths occurred while waiting to cross the boarder to sell goods on the Spanish side.

Western Sahara : Morocco eyes rapprochement with pro-Polisario southern Africa countries

By: Yabiladi

Lede: During the last couple of months, Morocco reinforced its attempts to maintain diplomatic ties with Latin American and African countries. Rabat emerged victorious, Friday, when the Kingdom of Lesotho, a Southern Africa country, announced that its suspended support for the Polisario Front.

NutGraf: Lesotho’s decision is one of the fruitful outcomes of the Moroccan policy, which eyes rapprochement with Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. In March, Morocco managed to attract eight countries from the regional group to a conference that supports the UN-led political process related to the Western Sahara issue.

This is newsworthy because just weeks before this announcement Friday, Lesotho’s prime minister called for an end to the “occupation” of Western Sahara.

Morocco’s trade deficit widens 2.4% year on year in Jan-August

By Reuters

Lede: Morocco’s trade deficit widened by 2.4% to 140 billion dirhams ($14.5 billion) in the first eight months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, the country’s foreign exchange regulator said in figures published on its website.

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This is newsworthy because it fits a trend over years. Remittances from Moroccans living abroad dropped.