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Regions of Morocco – As part of a 1997 decentralization/regionalization law passed by the legislature 16 new regions (provided below) were created. It is the current highest administrative division of Morocco. The regions are subdivided into a total of 61 second-order administrative divisions, which are prefectures and provinces. A Moroccan region is governed by a Wali, nominated by the King. The Wali is also governor of the province (or prefecture) where he resides.
Three regions — Guelmim-Es Semara (6), Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra (7), and Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira (11) — coincide with disputed territory in Western Sahara, whose sovereignty is disputed between Morocco and the Polisario Front which claims the territory as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, but presently only controls regions east of the Moroccan Wall.
Regions before 1997
Before 1997, Morocco was divided into 7 regions: Central, Eastern, North-Central, Northwestern, South-Central, Southern, Tansift. 
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