Morocco’s Political Leaders and Some Fiction Characters – Vol.2
The sequel to the first post was necessary -because it seemed a pleasant and comical approach to politics is more popular. Plus there was a shoot-up in readership figures (going all the way to set another record to around 700 daily visits) and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it;
Just like N°6 (portrayed by Peter Falk‘s long time friend, Patrick McGoohan) Prof. Najib Akesbi (a PSU leader) is the prisoner of a nice but nonetheless real prison; The allegories are numerous: his party (PSU) is a number among other left-leaning political parties; a resident of a nice island but denied permission to leave it as symbolic of a certain “holier-than-thou” attitude that paradoxically restrains himself and the party and denies them the chance to depart from idealistic activism and on to political activism. But unlike N°6, Prof. Akesbi has no fancy car, nor is he a former secret agent. But he makes up for it by portraying the traditional stereotype of an academic: old-fashion but ultimately elegant and smart-like.
Dan Briggs was the Jim Phelps very few people know about in the “Mission: Impossible” TV series. And the same can be said of Minister (without portfolio) Mohand Laenser and MP leader, until, that is, he seized and re-unified the party. Dan Briggs (Stephen Hill) was not as charismatic as his successor (Peter Graves as Jim Phelps) that’s where the similarities lie: Minister Laenser lacks the charisma and outspokenness of his rival, predecessor and MP co-founder, Mahjoubi Aherdane. So ultimately, Briggs and Laenser share that unique feature of lacking charisma, and yet still hanging on, still there…
(that’s my second Star Wars reference…) This particular instance is a bit sensitive: Jabba is a thug; Attorney and Former Minister Mohamed Ziane is not. Though his politics are thuggish, brutal and do not befit the position of a lawyer. I don”t know what to add to this, save perhaps that contrary to Jabba The Hutt, Ziane has no Princess Leia we know of.
The mysterious grin on all Abdellah Harrif’s pictures (and videos) reminded me of that eternal smile on Lego characters. The leader of Marxist-Leninist Annahj semi-legal political party is just as rigid and plastic-made as are those Lego toys. He sure didn’t break when he was a political detainee during the 1970s and 1980s, but he has some difficulties adapting to the modern world; so does the Lego guy, whose shape hasn’t change much in decades.
I know Adil Douiri is not an Istiqlal heavyweight, but he certainly qualify for his striking resemblance to Rowan Atkinson‘s most famous character, Mr. Bean. However, in terms of character, the former Tourism minister is closer to one of Black Adder’s characters (I’d go for the Elizabethan one, provided the goatee is trimmed).