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Vol 55 No 16

Published 8th August 2014


Not waving but drifting

Some see the kingdom as a star in this troubled region but a political vacuum at the top and a lack of ideas are holding it back

Prescient members of the ruling class are feeling uneasy, even in Casablanca's smartest restaurants and on its widest boulevards, thronged by designer shops and choked with luxury cars. 'If things don't change, we are going to see another explosion and this time I'm not sure that he [King Mohammed VI] can handle it', a well-connected entrepreneur told Africa Confidential over Ramadan coffee. 'The divisions of wealth are such and the slowness improving basic services so problematic that we are just not delivering,' commented a senior younger generation executive in a leading bank.

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