An animal drinks at a trough in the community of Ait Hammou Ouhmad on the edge of Azrou in Morocco, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Abdelhak Balhaki
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Mohammad Akki left his home in Morocco's Middle Atlas mountains to seek regular work and a better life in the town of Azrou, but he still lives on the margins in a country enjoying an investment boom.Morocco's rampant inequality is stirring some unease in the country's political class, particularly after protests in the northern Rif mountain region in 2017-18 and the mass demonstrations in neighboring Algeria this year.Signs of public frustration include political chanting by football fans in Casablanca and a popular rap song that decried inequality and castigated Morocco's rulers. The government said recently it had allocated 7.4 billion dirhams ($770 million) to combating social and regional disparities this year as part of a longer program.King Mohammad VI, who sets the policy direction in Morocco, though it is implemented by an elected government, is appointing a commission to oversee a new phase of development aimed at tackling such disparities. His two-decade reign has mostly focused on upgrading infrastructure needed for business, such as a high-speed rail link connecting Casablanca to Tangier, now transformed into Africa's busiest port.
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