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Vol 42 No 25

Published 21st December 2001


Morocco

Honeymoon over

The government isn't working: palace and parties will fight for the political initiative

Next year the King will marry an old friend, Salma Bennani, a commoner and an engineer in Guemassa, the mining arm of the conglomerate ONA. That should raise the ratings of Mohammed VI, 36 years old and known to many as 'M6'. Yet he cannot relax on his throne. Moroccans face general elections next October and are disillusioned with the ruling Union Socialiste des Forces Populaires.

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