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Yusef of Morocco

Sultan Yusef ben Hassan (1882-1947) ruled the French Protectorate of Morocco from 1912 to 1927. Born in the city of Meknes[?] to Sultan Hassan I[?], he inherited the throne from his brother, Sultan Abd al-Hafid[?], who abdicated after the Treaty of Fez[?], which made Morocco into a French protectorate.

Yusef's reign was turbulent and marked with frequent uprisings against the royal family for giving up the country's independence to France. The most serious of these was a Berber uprising in the Rif Mountains[?], led by Abdelkrim[?]. Though this originally began in the Spanish-controlled area in the north of the country, it reached to the French-controlled area until a coalition of France and Spain finally defeated the rebels in 1925. To ensure his own safety, Yusef moved the court from Fez[?] to Rabat, which has served as the capital of the country ever since.

Yusef's reign came to an abrupt end when he died suddenly of uremia[?] in 1947. He was succeeded by his son Muhammad[?].



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