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Moroccan foreign intelligence agency reaps failure in the African Union

Morocco’s Foreign Intelligence Agency (DGED) is suffering a humiliating defeat at the African Union, after the failure of four Moroccan candidates to ascend to senior positions in the commission and other executive bodies of the continental organization.


The website Africa Intelligence, which is close to the French intelligence services, revealed that the humiliating defeat of Morocco was not because of the Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, but because of Yassin Mansouri, the head of the General Directorate of Studies and Documentation (DGED), the foreign intelligence service.


The same source indicated that Morocco was obliged to present the files of its candidates to the Dean of the North African region’s representatives within the African Union, the representative of the SADR, Mr. Lamine Aba Ali, who was responsible on September 3 for referring the files of the candidates from the Region to the Africa Union’s legal advisor office.


However Rabat is still maneuvering to pass its candidate for commissioner in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohamed Seddiqi, even if he has a very slim chance of beating his rival, outgoing Angolan commissioner Josefa Lionel Correa Sako.


The agricultural issue is a priority for Rabat, that wants to transform the Moroccan Office of Phosphates (OCP) responsible for the plunder of desert phosphates into a continental leader of fertilizers and agricultural consulting.

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