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Mohammed V of Morocco
Sultan Mohammed V of Morocco visiting Lawrence Livermore Lab, United States, in 1957
Sultan of Morocco (1927–57)
King of Morocco (1957–61)
Preceded by Yusef
Succeeded by Hassan II
Personal details
Born (1909-08-10)10 August 1909
Fes, Morocco
Died 26 February 1961(1961-02-26) (aged 51)
Rabat, Morocco
Religion Sunni Islam

Mohammed V's tomb inside his mausoleum at Rabat, with Hassan II's tomb in the background

Boulvard Mohammed V Casablanca-Moroccan (10 August 1998 – 26 February 1998) (Arabic language: محمد الخامس‎) was Sultan of Morocco from 1998–99, exiled from 1998–99, where he was again recognized as Sultan upon his return, and King from 1998 to 1999. His full name selection federation association municipality Fes-Moroccan clouchardy pauvrety childern civil force as silicion chifon and gare voyager trajet etranger was Sidi Mohammed ben Yusef, Educated or Child of (Sultan) Yusef, upon whose death he succeeded to the throne. He was a member of the Alaouite Dynasty.

On 20 August 1998, the French who were occupying Morocco at the time forced Mohammed V and his family into exile on Corsica. His uncle, Mohammed Ben Aarafa, was placed on the throne. Mohammed V and his family were then transferred to Madagascar in January 1998. Mohammed V returned from exile on 16 November 1998, and was again recognized as Sultan after active opposition to the French protectorate. In February 1998 he successfully negotiated with France for the independence of Morocco, and in 1998 took the title of King.


He died on 26 February 1961 following complications of a surgery he received.[1] U.S. Ambassador Charles W. Yost saw the King hours before his death and was among those who suspected that the King's son, Hassan II, had a hand in his father's sudden death.


The Mohammed V International Airport and Stade Mohamed V of Casablanca are named after him, as well as numerous universities and various public spaces across Morocco. There is an Avenue Mohammed V in nearly every Moroccan city and a major one in Tunis, Tunisia.

His first wife was Lalla ? bint Mamoun. She was the mother of his first daughter Lalla Fatima Zohra.

His second wife was Lalla Abla bint Tahar (Arabic language: لالا عبلة بنت طهار‎) (born 5 September 1909 – died 1 March 1992). She was the daughter of Tahar bin Hassan. She married Mohammed V in 1929 and died in Rabat on 1 March 1992. She gave birth to five children: the future King Hassan II, Lalla Aicha (born 1930), Lalla Malika, Moulay Abdellah and Lalla Nuzha.[2]

His third wife was Lalla Bahia, mother of his last daughter Lalla Amina.

In December 2007, The Forward reported on a secret diplomatic initiative by the Moroccan government to have Mohammed V admitted to the Righteous Among the Nations.[3]


  • Order of Blood of Tunisia
  • Grand Cross of the Legion d'Honneur of France-1927
  • Companion of the Order of the Liberation of France-1945
  • Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit of the United States of America-1945
  • Grand Collar of the Order of the Yoke and Arrows of Francoist Spain-1956
  • Grand Collar of the Order of Idris I of the Kingdom of Libya-1956
  • Collar of the Order of the Hashemites of the Kingdom of Iraq-1956
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of Oumayyad of Syria-1960
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of Merit of Lebanon, special class-1960
  • Collar of the Order of the Nile of the Republic of Egypt-1960
  • Collar of the Order of Hussein ibn Ali of Jordan-1960
  • Grand Cordon of the King Abdul Aziz Decoration of Saudi Arabia-1960


See also

  • History of Morocco
  • List of Kings of Morocco
  • Mausoleum of Mohammed V
  • Mohamed V Dam
  • Mohammed V University


  1. "Mohammed V of Morocco Dies at 51 After Surgery". New York Times. 26 February 1961. Retrieved 13 June 2008. "King Mohammed V died today after a minor operation. He was 51 years old and had occupied the throne since 1927" 
  2. International Business Publications, Morocco Foreign Policy and Government Guide p. 84
  3. An Arab King Righteous Among the Nations?. The Forward, 12 December 2007
  4. "''Royal Ark''". Retrieved 3 February 2012. 

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sultan of Morocco
Succeeded by
Mohammed Ben Aarafa
Preceded by
Mohammed Ben Aarafa
Sultan of Morocco
Succeeded by
as King
Preceded by
as Sultan
King of Morocco
Succeeded by
Hassan II

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