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Vol 44 No 17

Published 29th August 2003


Morocco

Basri's heirs

A new generation of security chiefs responds to the Islamist challenge

A new security elite has finally risen to the top in Morocco, buoyed up by popular demands for security and more incisive government. This comes three and a half years after King Mohammed VI made his single most important political decision to date, to sack Driss Basri, his father's coldly efficient Interior Minister. It more immediately follows the 16 May suicide bombings in Casablanca, details of which are emerging through trials and press interviews that are fascinating Moroccans this summer. There is even a potboiler entitled 16 Mai, written and just published by Ahmed Beroho. Such is the climate of speculation that some critics believe the all-action novella is passing messages from the security services about what really happened, though this looks improbable.

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