Morocco’s king undergoes successful heart surgery

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King Mohamed VI has been the king of Morocco since 1999. (Reuters pic)

RABAT: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI underwent successful heart surgery in France on Monday, state news agency MAP said.

The 54-year old king was treated at a Paris clinic after suffering from a “heart rhythm disorder” on January 20, the agency said, adding he had been diagnosed with an “atrial flutter”.

The surgery normalized the heart rhythm, and the king would be able to resume his duties without any restrictions, MAP said.

The king ascended to the throne in 1999 after his father Hassan II died of a heart attack.

The political and social stability of Morocco is closely watched by Western governments as it is the only country in North Africa where jihadist groups have failed to gain a foothold and is an important partner against Islamist militancy in terms of intelligence-sharing.

The kingdom has escaped mass uprisings such as in Egypt, Libya, or other Arab countries, but protests have erupted since 2016 in some rural areas against poverty and unemployment.

Morocco has averted previous protests with a combination of limited constitutional reforms, heavy policing, and hefty public spending.