King Mohammed VI Visits Former Opposition Leader Abderrahmane Youssoufi In A Local Hospital
As soon as King Mohammed VI heard about Abderrahmane Youssoufi’s failing health as this latter is currently suffering from a bad cold with respiratory complications, he immediately took him to Halifat Hospital in Casablanca, this noble gesture however has paled compared to his visit to the iconic figure of Moroccan politics, the monarch’s visit lasted for around 15 minutes and was joined by his close friend and advisory Fouad Ali El Himma.
During the visit King Mohammed VI kissed Abderrahmane the former leader of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (well known in Morocco under its French acronym USFP), on the top of his head breaking with the Moroccan protocol to honor the man who lived in a self-imposed exile in Paris for a period of fifteen years and was arrested twice under the late king Hassan II’s rule (1959 and 1963) including having spent two years in prison as a political prisoner.Youssoufi is given credit for helping Morocco go through a smooth transition following the death of King Hassan II on July 23, 1999 and the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne of the Cherifien kingdom.
Millions of social media users in Morocco and elsewhere have praised the pictures of King Mohammed VI visiting former Moroccan Prime Minister As the photos of the monarch bowing down to kiss someone’s forehead for the first time went viral moroccan social media users expressed their appreciation of this act of humility for a revered politician.
News sources outside of Morocco also published the photos of the Moroccan monarch kissing Youssoufi’s forehead, an article by the Arabic language news source Arabi21 which was shared by the prominent Aljazeera TV anchor Faisal al-Qassem on his Facebook fan page received 21,000 likes and almost a thousand shares in one day.
Youssoufi was named Prime Minister of Morocco on 4 February 1998, a post he held until October 2002.Filed under Morocco
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