Rabat- A Moroccan military officer has been dismissed from his position for refusing to shake hands with the first woman governor in Morocco’s history.
According to the Moroccan newspaper Al Massae, the colonel who had refused to shake hands with Kenitra’s Wali (governor) Zineb El Adaoui, first woman to hold a governor position in the history of Morocco, has been dismissed from his post as regional commander of the Auxiliary Forces in Kenitra.
The same source added that the colonel received on Monday morning a telegram from the central command of the Auxiliary Forces informing him of the decision to strike him off the list of public servants.
Last week, the colonel in question had warned that he would not attend the official ceremony of the inauguration of the newly appointed governor. The military officer had said that he did not want to be forced, for reasons related to his “religious beliefs,” to shake hands with the woman governor.
As a preliminary decision, the general inspection of the Auxiliary Forces of the north zone had suspended the colonel from his duties as its regional commander in Kenitra.
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