Abdellatif Filali

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Dr. Abdellatif Filali
(Abdellatif Filali) Felipe González recibe al ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Marruecos. Pool Moncloa. 2 de julio de 1990 (cropped).jpeg
Filali at Moncloa Palace, July 1990
11th Prime Minister of Morocco
In office
25 May 1994 – 4 February 1998
MonarchHassan II
Preceded byMohammed Karim Lamrani
Succeeded byAbderrahmane Youssoufi
Personal details
Born(1928-01-26)26 January 1928
Fes, Morocco[1]
Died20 March 2009 (aged 81)
Clamart, France
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Anne Belghmi Zwobada
ChildrenFuad Filali
Yasmina Filali

Abdellatif Filali (Arabic: عبد اللطيف الفيلالي‎; 26 January 1928 – 20 March 2009) was a Moroccan politician and diplomat under King Hassan II.[2] Filali was known to have progressive views.[3]

Early life[edit]

Filali was born in Beni Mellal, Morocco.[1]


Filali served as the Morocco's ambassador to several significant countries, including Spain, Algeria, the United Kingdom and China.[4] Then he served as Prime Minister of Morocco from 25 May 1994 to 4 February 1998.[5] He also served as foreign minister of Morocco from 1985 to 1999.[5] In addition, he held the minister of state portfolio during his term as prime minister.[4] He initiated TV broadcasts in the Moroccan Berber dialects.[6] Filali was replaced by Abderrahmane Youssoufi as prime minister in 1998.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Filali was married to a French woman, Anne Belghmi Zwobada, putative daughter of Jacques Zwobada,[citation needed] with whom he had a daughter, Yasmina, and a son, Fuad Filali; the ex-CEO of Morocco's largest private company ONA Group and the former husband of Lalla Meryem, who is the daughter of late Hassan II and elder sister of Mohammed VI.[7] After retiring politics, Filali permanently settled in his wife's house in France and wrote a reference book about foreign relations of Morocco at the second half of past century.


Filali died on 20 March 2009 in the Paris suburb of Clamart due to a heart failure.[4] He was 81.



  1. ^ a b Tarik QATTAB. "Abdellatif Filali : Parcours d'un vrai homme d'état". Aujourd'hui le Maroc. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  2. ^ Former PM Abdellatif Filali dies[permanent dead link] Maghreb Arabe Presse, 20 March 2009
  3. ^ "General who crushed coup gains power in Morocco". Herald Journal. Rabat. AP. 8 August 1971. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Morocco's Former PM, Abdellatif Filali, Dies in France". Naharnet. 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Leaders of Morocco (Kingdom of Morocco)". Terra. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  6. ^ Bruce Maddy-Weitzman (2011). The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States. University of Texas Press. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-292-72587-4.
  7. ^ Gupta, Pranay (1 May 1989). "My father-in-law is very demanding". Forbes. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  8. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado