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Vol 38 No 23

Published 21st November 1997


Voting for Driss

The big winner in the 14 November general election was Interior Minister Driss Basri. Following some way behind were the biggest opposition party, the Union Socialiste des Forces Populaires (USFP), which won most seats; centre-right politicians who held on to their regional power bases; and a group of moderate Islamists – who accept King Hassan II's dominant role in the kingdom, but argue he should oversee a return to core values, including Sharia law – who for the first time enter parliament. The election has produced a lower house divided almost equally between the kingdom's three main political blocs.

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