Rabat – Last week, just two days before Morocco was set to end Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1), the government announced it would be staying on GMT+1 year-round.
The move prompted mass confusion from Moroccans who woke up Sunday wondering just exactly what time it was. Many blamed cell phone carriers for not adjusting to the new decree and making an erroneous time change.
Cell service provider Inwi told Morocco World News that the company “is not responsible for changing the clock time. This is a problem coming from the phones which are programmed automatically.”
The government council adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855 last Friday, adding 60 minutes to the standard time in Morocco year-round. Critics said the government announced the change with little prior warning, failing to give mobile systems enough time to adapt.