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Vol 46 No 8

Published 15th April 2005


Morocco

A new-style monarchy

M6 is relaxing his grip on politics, opening prospects for rebranded Islamists and others

Under King Mohamed VI, power in Morocco has become more fluid, leaving open prospects for an increased role for different Islamist and politically secular players. Change is in the air, with a quiet debate about how politics will look in the future. Moroccans look forward to political changes that were inconceivable even when the late King Hassan II was liberalising in the 1990s and his Interior Minister, Driss Basri (now exiled in France, an embarrassment to the Palace) ran the tough security services.

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