Abbas El Fassi

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Abbas El Fassi
عباس الفاسي
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Secretary-General of the Istiqlal Party
In office
1998 – 23 September 2012
Preceded by Mhamed Boucetta
Succeeded by Hamid Chabat
Prime Minister of Morocco
First Minister (19 September 2007-1 August 2011)
Head of the Government (1 August 2011-29 November 2011)
In office
19 September 2007 – 29 November 2011
Monarch Mohammed VI
Preceded by Driss Jettou
Succeeded by Abdelilah Benkirane
Personal details
Born (1940-09-18) 18 September 1940 (age 73)
Berkane, Morocco
Political party Istiqlal Party
Religion Sunni Islam

Abbas El Fassi About this sound pronunction  ah-BASS ehl FASS-ee[needs IPA] (Arabic: عباس الفاسي‎; born on 18 September 1940, Berkane) was the Prime Minister of Morocco from 19 September 2007 to 29 November 2011. El Fassi, a member of the Istiqlal Party, replaced independent Driss Jettou.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

El Fassi was born in Berkane, Morocco on 18 September 1940. He served as the Minister of Housing from 1977 to 1981, Minister of Handicraft and Social Affairs from 1981 to 1985, Ambassador to Tunisia and the Arab League from 1985 to 1990, Ambassador to France from 1990 to 1994, and as Minister of Employment, Professional training, Social Development and Solidarity from 2000 to 2002. He then took up the post of Minister of State in the Jettou government from 2002 to 2007.[2][3] King Mohammed VI appointed El Fassi as Prime Minister on September 19, 2007 following Istiqlal's victory in the parliamentary elections on September 7.[1]

His government was appointed by Mohammed VI on 15 October 2007 with 33 members (not including El Fassi), including seven women. Five political parties were included in this government: Istiqlal, liberal Mouvement Populaire (MP), the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), the National Rally of Independents (RNI), and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS).[4]

Controversies[edit]

Abbas el Fassi was Moroccan Ambassador to France when Gilles Perrault's political pamphlet "Notre ami, le roi", about human rights abuses in Morocco, was published in France. Ties between Morocco and France deteriorated with the publication of the book.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Morocco Names New Prime Minister". TIME Magazine. 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Morocco's new PM named". News 24. 2007. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "King appoints conservative Abbas el Fassi Prime Minister". Maghreb Arabe Presse. 2007. Archived from the original on 24 September 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Le roi nomme un nouveau gouvernement après des tractations difficiles", AFP, 15 October 2007 (French).
  5. ^ http://www.telquel-online.com/289/couverture1_289.shtml

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Driss Jettou
Prime Minister of Morocco
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Abdelilah Benkirane