King Hassan of Morocco chose the eve of his 44th birthday this week to announce a new experiment in "Moslem socialism".
King Hassan of Morocco chose the eve of his 44th birthday this week to announce a new experiment in "Moslem socialism". The planned reforms will associate peasants and workers in running state-owned farms and industries related to agriculture.
Large crowds were out in Casablanca to cheer the King as he drove through the streets in a motorcade marking his 44th birthday on Tuesday. Earlier, King Hassan had been the host at a special lunch given for members of the government and diplomatic corps.
In a nationwide broadcast marking his birthday, the King announced that his "moslem socialism" experiment would first of all involve peasants who grow sugar beet, who will become majority shareholders in state-owned sugar factories. Shares will also be set aside for factory workers. The King also proposed handing over to peasants the running of the largest and most profitable foreign farms among the 520,000 acres nationalist last March.
SYNOPSIS: King Hassan of Morocco celebrated his forty-fourth birthday in Casablanca on Tuesday -- in company with government leaders and diplomats, who had been invited to the royal palace for a special birthday luncheon. The King has chosen the occasion of his birthday to announce a new experiment in what he described as "Moslem socialism". In a nationwide speech, he announced plans for peasants and workers to take a bigger share in running state farms and associated industries.
Big crowds were out to cheer the King as he drove in a motorcade through the streets of Casablanca. In his birthday speech, the King has announced a major shareholding in state sugar factories for all peasants growing sugar beet crops. Shares will also be set aside for factory workers. He also proposed handing over the running of the largest foreign farms nationalised earlier this year to the peasants.