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Vol 56 No 6

Published 20th March 2015


Morocco

Concern for King and court

Plunging oil prices and rapprochement with France make for good news, but there are stirrings behind the headlines

After a period of personal trauma following the death in December of his friend and right-hand man, Minister of State Abdellah Baha, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's face is brightening once again thanks to a bullish economy and his natural bonhomie. He is back on the public platforms with those pithy turns of phrase in darija (the local Arabic dialect) that have made the Parti de la justice et du développement (PJD) leader Morocco's most popular politician by far.

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