Rabat- A Moroccan military official sanctioned for refusing to shake hands with a the first woman governor in Morocco’s history.
In his response to oral questions in the House of Representatives, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad confirmed on Tuesday that disciplinary actions have been taken against a colonel in the Auxiliary Forces who refused to shake hands with Kenitra Wali Zineb El Adaoui, first woman to hold a Wali (governor) position in the history of Morocco.
Local sources in the city of Kenitra quoted by Daily Akhbar Al Yaoum in its Wednesday, February 5th issue said that the colonel in question warned that he will not attend official ceremonies in Kenitra just not to be forced, for reasons related to his “religious beliefs” to shake hands with the woman wali.
The same source went on to add that the general inspection of the Auxiliary Forces of the north zone dismissed the colonel and suspended him from his duties as regional commander of the Auxiliary Forces in Kenitra.
It is worth mentioning that men and women in uniform in Morocco must submit to strict compliance with regulations forbidding them to show signs of political or religious affiliations.
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