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Published on 27 March 2012

How Mohamed VI rules by remote control

How 'M6' rules by remote control


Initially tailor-made to counter the winds of the "Arab Spring", the legislative elections that brought a coalition headed by Islamist prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane to power in Morocco last Nov. 25, obliged Mohammed VI to juggle with the balance of political power in his kingdom. In bringing several former ministers into his team of advisers - who answer only to him - and imposing the presence of his men in government posts, the monarch seriously curbed the powers of the new administration.

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