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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta -THE LETHSRIDQE HIRALD Novwitter Gains authority lost in military coups King Hassan prestige boosted Crash scene This single-engine plane crashed soon after taking plane skidded into a fence after landing. No serious in- off from Edmonton's Industrial Airport Monday. The juries were reported. AABAT King Hassan II of his prestige boosted by the Middle East has recovered much of the authority he lost in three coup attempts against his rule. Western diplomats speak with admiration of a transfor- mation in the 44-year-old monarch's lifestyle. For the first time since he succeeded his Moham- ed to the ancient Arab throne in Hassan has taken to running the affairs of state as a full-time job. Hassan swept aside the ever-squabbling Moroccan parliament in 1965 and has rul- ed by decree ever since. His one-man rule was long bitterly contested by politicians who .said his lack of interest in government routine led to widespread economic stagnation and paralysis in the ad- ministration. When he came unscathed through the bloody military coup attempts in 1971 and 1972 and an abortive guerrilla war early this he vowed publicly to mend his ways. He appears to have kept his As a Western ob- servers opposition ef- forts to undermine his rule have virtually stopped and his firmly pro-Western regime has won a new sense of self- assurance. Hassan was greatly helped by the Middle East where about of his in- fantry participated directly in the fighting for the first time. The brigade took heavy pun- ishment in the war against Is- rael and lost more than 200 including its com- Col. Abdelkader el Allam. The veterans of the October war are being acclaimed at national heroes and the king's decision to dispatch them to the fighting fronts has become a new source of Moroccan na- tional pride. Hassan's prestige was further enhanced by U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger's decision to begin his Middle East peace mission with a visit to Rabat last week. The king's personal tran- sformation has wrought a noticeable change in the notoriously inefficient govern- ment machinery. Business- men no longer need to bribe low-ranking officials to get attention at the de- cision-making level. The new administrative dis- cipline is accompanied by eco- nomic measures which have earned the king a new popu- larity. A sharp cut in the price of sugar was among the most effective of since Moroccans drink highly- sweetened mint tea all day long and may have the largest per-capita sugar consumption in the world. The king reduced the price of sugar to the equivalent of 43 cents for each 2.2 pounds from 52 cents. At the same the king raised the minimum in- stituted a distribution of Land to landless peasants and took action to remove foreign domination from industry and the big agricultural estates. In foreign Hassan in a recent speech claimed success in improving relations with the Western powers and his Arab The only exception is Libya's leader Col. Moammar Khadafy who continues to call for Hassan's even the Libyan attacks have been muted since the October Arab-Israeli war. GOOD FOOD COSTS LESS Assorted i egetables Modern Manor 14 ft. oz. Mix or Match We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities Garden Fresh New Original Japanese MANDARINS Approx. 9 Lb. Box EA. B. C. GROWN CANADA FANCY GRADE APPLES Red or Golden Delicious. MchtHh Sftrta or Canada No. 1 Grade _ Squirrel Peanut Sunlight for Dishwasher Nabob JELLY Powders 3 Oz. Pkg. Sunlight Liquid Detergent 32 PI. Oz. Bottle ;