(b. 21 August 1963),
King of Morocco, 1999– Born in Rabat, he went to the Royal College before obtaining a degree in political science and law at the University of Rabat. He went to Europe and served for a few months at the European Commission in Brussels. In 1984 he was officially proclaimed the heir to his father, Hassan II, and in 1985 he was put in charge of coordinating the Moroccan armed forces. In 1994, he was awarded the rank of general in the army. Mohammed VI has been more liberal than his father. In 2004, he instituted a truth and reconciliation commission to unearth the human rights violations committed during his father's reign. At the same time, Mohammed remained insistent on keeping Morocco's stake in Western Sahara.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).