Olga Zrihen Zaari
28 June 2007 – June 2011
|Born||10 January 1953|
|Nationality||Belgian (formerly French), Moroccan|
|Political party||Parti Socialiste|
Zrihen was born to a Jewish family in Casablanca, Morocco. At the age of 6, her family moved to Lille, France. She has a degree in Germanic languages from the University of Mons-Hainaut, today the University of Mons. Zrihen worked as a teacher of German and English between 1976 and 1991.
She became a member of the European Parliament in April 2001, not reelected in June 2004, this time after having acquired Belgian citizenship. A few months later though, she was coopted to the Belgian Senate to replace Philippe Busquin, who was elected to the European Parliament, and in 2007 she was elected to it. She is a member of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians and in March 2002 she supported an appeal in favour of Israeli membership of the European Union.
Elected in 2009 as a Member of the Regional Parliament of Wallonia, Zrihen replaced Joëlle Kapompolé as a senator for the waloon community until 2014. She was also the vice-president of the Parti Socialiste between 2011 and 2014.
- 2001: Municipal councillor of La Louvière
- 2001-2004: Member of the European Parliament
- 2004-2007: Senator, coopted
- 2007-2009: Senator, directly elected
- 2006-2009: Deputy mayor of La Louvière
- 2006-: Municipal Councillor of La Louvière
- Member of the Waloon Parliament since June 30, 2009
- Olga Zrihen
- Le parcours d'Olga Zrihen
- Olga Zrihen - PS. Senate of Belgium
- Olga Zrihen. European Socialist Party
- "Belgische Senaat" (in Dutch). Belgian Senate. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
- International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, June 26, 2005
- The appeal in favour of Israeli membership of the European Union, Brussels, March 27, 2002
- Israeli membership of the European Union - Among the first signatories are those who took part in the Conference "Israel in the European Union", held from 4 to 6 March 2002 at the European Parliament: (...) Olga Zrihen, MEP, Socialist Party (Belgium)