Saadeddine Othmani

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Saadeddine Othmani
سعد الدين العثماني
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16th Prime Minister of Morocco
Assumed office
5 April 2017
Monarch Mohammed VI
Preceded by Abdelilah Benkirane
Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party
Assumed office
20 July 2008
Preceded by Abdelilah Benkirane
Leader of the Justice and Development Party
In office
1 July 2004 – 20 July 2008
Preceded by Abdelkrim al-Khatib
Succeeded by Abdelilah Benkirane
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
3 January 2012 – 10 October 2013
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane
Preceded by Taieb Fassi Fihri
Succeeded by Salaheddine Mezouar
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
7 September 2007
Constituency Rabat
In office
14 November 1997 – 7 September 2007
Constituency Inezgane
Personal details
Born (1956-01-16) 16 January 1956 (age 61)
Inezgane, Morocco
Political party Justice and Development Party
Religion Sunni Islam

Saadeddine Othmani (born 1956) is a Berber Moroccan politician[1] and psychiatrist who was appointed as Prime Minister of Morocco on 17 March 2017 and took office on 5 April 2017. Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2013.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in 1956 in Inezgane, near Agadir, in the Souss region. He obtained a Doctorate in Medicine from Hassan II University of Casablanca in 1986, and in psychiatry in 1994. He also earned Master and DEA degrees in Islamic studies in 1983, 1987 and 1999. He has written numerous books on psychology and Islamic law, and worked as the editor-in-chief of many magazines and publications. In 2004, after the withdrawal from politics of Abdelkrim Alkhatib, Saadeddine Othmani became the head of the Justice and Development Party (PJD).[1] He is also a parliamentary deputy of Inezgane.

Saadeddine Othmani was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 3 January 2012 to 10 October 2013 in the government headed by his party, the PJD. He was succeeded as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Salaheddine Mezouar. Subsequently he headed the parliamentary group of the PJD.[2]

On 17 March 2017, Saadeddine Othmani was appointed as Prime Minister by King Mohammed VI.[3]

On 25 March 2017, Saadeddine Othmani announced that the government he is leading will include the PJD, the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Popular Movement (MP), the Constitutional Union (UC), the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP).[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Abdelilah Benkirane
Prime Minister of Morocco