Morocco: Discarding the Eggshells

A young monarch in a shaky new country can do worse than choose Charles de Gaulle as a model to rule by. Morocco's Hassan II is just such a king. Like le grand Charles, Hassan considers himself his country's indispensable man, and he may be right. Like De Gaulle he chose the device of a popular referendum when he decided to adopt a constitution (TIME, Dec. 28); his smashing victory won Hassan the rare esteem of his idol in Paris. Employing some Gaullist firmness, Hassan has now fired the three members of his Cabinet who represented the powerful Istiqlal...

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