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Vol 50 No 1

Published 9th January 2009


Reform-minded monarch

King Mohammed is an absolute monarch but paradoxically, he is the region’s most reform-minded head of state.

Mohammed VI will celebrate his first decade as Al Amir al Mouminin (‘Commander of the Faithful’) on 23 July. At 47, ‘M6’ is more than 20 years younger than the region’s other leaders. He has confounded those who argued that he would lose a challenge within the royal family from his United States-based cousin Moulay Hicham (who enjoyed strong support from Washington and Riyadh), or from the Islamists of Sheikh Abdessalam Yassine’s Al Adl wal Ihsane (Justice and Charity).

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