His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, joined by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, presided on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at the Meshuar square in Tetouan Royal Palace, the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the king’s enthronement.
The ceremony started with Abdelouafi Laftit, the country’s Interior Minister along with the Walis and Governors of the Kingdom of Morocco’s wilayas, regions and provinces together with the Interior Ministry’s Central Administration’s Walis and Governors pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
This was then followed by the delegations which represent the different regions, prefectures, and provinces of the country renewing allegiance to the Sovereign.
The Islamic terminology “Baiaa” means the oath of allegiance to the successors of Prophet Mohammed. It is a hundred-year-old pact that binds the people and the Throne declaring joint commitment where the people vow allegiance to the King, and in return, the King pledges to protect the sovereignty, independence, and the country’s integrity, to defend the rights of the citizens and to see to the progress and development of the kingdom.
The ceremony was carried out in the presence of Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of government, Speakers of the two houses of parliament, His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s advisors, high commissioners, cabinet members, chairmen of constitutional bodies as well as high-level officers coming from the general staff of the royal armed forces, Director General of the national police, Director General of Intelligence Agency, Director General of the domestic territory surveillance, and other public personalities and military forces.
The audience wore white, throughout the ceremony, and stood in a square waiting for the king to come out. Once the Sovereign goes out to greet them, the people bow towards him five times, chanting slogans such as “God bless the age of my lord.”