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King Hassan II

Date of Birth: 9 July 1929
Place of Birth: Rabat, Morocco
Died: 23 July 1999


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Recovery and resistance

While M6's health remains in question Crown Prince Moulay el Hassan bin Mohammed al Alaoui turns 18 on 8 May edging closer an age where he could more comfortably become King Hassan III were his father's health to deteriorate further (AC Vol 61 No 22 Unrest simmers over economy and Covid & Vol 60 No 17 Divorce Moroccan-style)...


King reaps Saharan dividend

External intelligence service chief Mansouri is an M6 friend since they attended the Collége Royale created by his late father King Hassan II...

The White House said the US believed an independent Sahrawi state was 'not a realistic option for resolving the conflict and that genuine autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty is the only feasible solution' – Rabat's preferred solution since the reign of Hassan II...

Rabat has maintained close covert links with Israel since Hassan II became king in 1961 – reinforced by Mossad agents aiding the assassination of opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka in Paris...


Unrest simmers over economy and Covid

Morocco was generally united over Covid-19 until the key Muslim celebration Eid al Adha (also known as Eid al Kebir in the Kingdom) in August when rumours circulated that the King might call off festivities to stop family gatherings – as his father Hassan II did twice – at a time when huge numbers were under social pressures to buy sheep for sacrifice...

He looks more the part than his father ever did standing alongside Hassan II before taking the throne 21 years ago...


King takes charge

In the first week of Morocco's lockdown King Mohammed VI ordered a show of force his late father King Hassan II would have approved calling troops and tanks onto the streets of major cities...


The Crown Prince’s power play

During the early years of independence when he was courting Islamists the UAE's canny founding president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahayan retained Ezzedine Ibrahim to tutor to the young MBZ; the teenager detested the prominent MB thinker and his ideas proving so rebellious that Zayed put him under a more rigid regime under his Moroccan friend King Hassan II's control in Rabat...


Wrath rules

The Fédération de la gauche démocratique leader Omar Balafrej makes comparisons with 'les années de plomb' (the years of lead) when from the 1960s to 1980s M6's father King Hassan II repressed opponents violently...


The Sahara conflict is back

Yet Pretoria's efforts to get a much bigger role for the African Union in resolving the conflict have faltered since Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stood down as AU Commission chair and Morocco was readmitted to the body in January 2017 ending a boycott called by the late King Hassan II in 1984 after Polisario's Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was admitted as a full member...


Courtship and crackdowns

His February 2011 speech offering political reforms was not just a rushed response to the threat of a major 'Arab Spring' uprising – much of its content offering political parties a bigger role in a constitution that emphasised an enhanced separation of powers had been compiled much earlier in his reign by a young king anxious to break with the repressive rule his father Hassan II (AC Vol 52 No 11 Can the King stop the spring...


Rif in revolt

The 1958 revolt which M6's father King Hassan II then Crown Prince brutally suppressed is not forgotten...


Benkirane's 'bras de fer'

He is investing much cash and personal credit in a campaign to return to the African Union which his father Hassan II left after the Polisario Front's Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic joined in 1982 (AC Vol 58 No 1 Cold and hot wars)...


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