|13th Prime Minister of Morocco|
9 October 2002 – 19 September 2007
|Preceded by||Abderrahmane Youssoufi|
|Succeeded by||Abbas El Fassi|
|Born||24 May 1945|
El Jadida, Morocco
Early life and education
Jettou was born in the town of El Jadida on 24 May 1945. After secondary studies at El Khawarizmi college in Casablanca, he obtained a technical Baccalauréat in mathematics in 1964. He then joined the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat University where he graduated in physics and chemistry in 1966. He also received a diploma of adjustment and management of company of Cordwainers Colleges of London in 1968.
Between 1968 and 1993, Jettou occupied many managerial positions of several Moroccan companies. He then chaired the Moroccan Federation of industries of leather (FEDIC) and was a member of the General Confederation of the Companies in Morocco (CGEM) and later became the vice-president of the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX).
He holds the Wissam of the Throne (Grand Chevalier).
In 2008, he was decorated at the Throne Festival, the grand cordon of Wissam Al Arch by King Mohammed VI. 2005, on the eve of the visit of King Juan Carlos I of Spain to Morocco, he is elevated to the dignity of Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella (High Spanish distinction). In 2010, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos III. It is the highest civil distinction in Spain, created by Carlos III of Spain in a royal decree of September 19, 1771. The decoration aims at "recognition of the citizens who, by their efforts, their initiative and work, have rendered a service extraordinary to the Spanish Nation.
Jettou started his political career in 1993 when King Hassan II appointed him to be Minister of Trade and Industry and his term lasted from 1997 to 1998. Then he served as Minister of Interior from 2001 in the cabinet of Abderrahmane Youssoufi until he was appointed as Prime Minister by King Mohammed VI on 6 October 2002. His appointment was controversial as he was not then a member of any party, although he governed with a coalition that held a parliamentary majority. The Socialist Union of Forces for Progress and Istiqlal Party were the major parties of this coalition. In late 2004, he successfully led Morocco into a historic free trade agreement with the United States.
Jettou was appointed as President of the Audits Court on 9 August 2012, a move interpreted as meaning that King Mohammed would take full control of managing corruption cases.
- "Moroccan Mohammed VI appoints Driss Jettou Prime Minister". Panapress. Rabat. 9 October 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- "Morocco's king names new PM", Xinhua, 20 September 2007.
- "King alone to handle corruption cases", Maghreb Confidential, number 1,028, Africa Intelligence, 23 August 2012.