Regions of Morocco
As part of a 1997
decentralization/regionalization law passed by the legislature 16
new regions (provided below) were created. It is the current
highest administrative division of Morocco.
regions are subdivided into a total of 61 second-order
administrative divisions, which are prefectures and
. A Moroccan region is governed by a Wali
, nominated by the King
. The Wali is also governor of the
province (or prefecture) where he resides.
regions — Guelmim-Es Semara (6), Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra
(7), and Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira (11) — coincide with disputed territory in Western
Sahara, whose sovereignty is disputed between Morocco and
the Polisario Front which claims the
territory as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic
Republic, but presently controls regions east of the Moroccan Wall.
Regions before 1997
Before 1997, Morocco was divided into 7 regions: Central, Eastern,
North-Central, Northwestern, South-Central, Southern, Tansift.