Driss Basri

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Driss Basri ( , November 8, 1938 – August 27, 2007) was a Moroccan politician who served as Interior Minister from 1979 to 1999. After General Oufkir's death in 1972, and then Ahmed Dlimi's death in 1983, Driss Basri became Hassan II's right-hand man and number two of the regime from the beginning of the 1980s to the end of the 1990s. His name has been associated with the Years of Lead., RFI (audio interviews of Basri)

Mohammed VI's decision to end his functions in 1999 stirred, for a while, great hopes concerning the democratization of Morocco.Pierre Haski, , Rue 89, 27 August 2007 He then exiled himself to Paris, where he died of cancer in 2007.


Born in Settat, Morocco, Basri began his career as a police officer in Rabat. At the time of the "disappearance" of Socialist opponent Mehdi Ben Barka in 1965 in Paris, Driss Basri was head of the intelligence agency., Le Figaro, 23 May 2006 and graduated in the University of Grenoble in France. In 1973, he censored Mohamed Choukri's autobiography, For Bread Alone.

Basri was then appointed as Secretary of state for Interior Affairs in 1974, becoming Ahmed Dlimi's right-hand man. Basri became the iron fist of Hassan II during the Years of Lead.In 1979, Driss Basri was...
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