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Vol 40 No 23

Published 19th December 1999


Broom sweeps Basri

The new King sacked his security chief - and may even have a new Sahara policy

King Mohammed VI affirmed his new authority with the summary dismissal of Driss Basri, the late King's veteran Minister of State for the Interior. Four months after the death of King Hassan II, Basri went to the office on 9 November for a normal working session. There he was abruptly thanked for his services by the young monarch, and told to clear his office by evening. Basri had been bluntly relieved of his duties and replaced by Ahmed el Midaoui, a security official he had fired two years before.

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