(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Tetouan – King Mohammed VI presided over the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the accession of the sovereign to the throne of the Alaouite dynasty on Monday in the Meshuar square in Tetouan Royal Palace, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Prince Moulay Rachid, and Prince Moulay Ismail.
To begin the ceremony, Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit in addition to walis and governors of the kingdom's wilayas, prefectures and provinces as well as walis and governors of the Interior Ministry's Central Administration, swore allegiance to the King.
Afterwards, delegations representing the different regions, prefectures, and provinces of the Kingdom renewed allegiance to the monarch.
The allegiance, or "Baiaa", a centuries-old pact binding the Throne and the people, is a mutual commitment whereby the Moroccan people pledge loyalty to the King and the King pledges to defend the independence, sovereignty, and integrity of the country, to preserve the citizens' rights, and to see to the prosperity and progress of the nation.
The ceremony took place in the presence of president of the Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba, Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, speakers of the two houses of parliament, the King's advisors, cabinet members, high commissioners, chairmen of constitutional bodies, high-ranking military officers, the director general of the national police, the director general of the national territory surveillance, the director general of the Intelligence Agency (DGED), and other civil and military figures.