Saadeddine Othmani

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Saadeddine Othmani
سعد الدين العثماني
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16th Prime Minister of Morocco
Assumed office
17 March 2017
MonarchMohammed VI
Preceded byAbdelilah Benkirane
Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party
Assumed office
20 July 2008
Preceded byAbdelilah Benkirane
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
In office
3 January 2012 – 10 October 2013
Prime MinisterAbdelilah Benkirane
Preceded byTaieb Fassi Fihri
Succeeded bySalaheddine Mezouar
Leader of the Justice and Development Party
In office
1 July 2004 – 20 July 2008
Preceded byAbdelkrim al-Khatib
Succeeded byAbdelilah Benkirane
Personal details
Born (1956-01-16) 16 January 1956 (age 63)
Inezgane, Morocco
Political partyJustice and Development Party

Saadeddine Othmani (Arabic: سعد الدين العثماني‎; born 16 January 1956) is a Moroccan politician[1] who has been Prime Minister of Morocco since 2017. Previously he served as foreign minister from 2012 to 2013.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in 1956 in Inezgane, near Agadir, in the Souss region. He obtained a PhD 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 would 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]

His cabinet was formed on 5 April 2017.[5]

He is viewed as a francophile.[6]


  1. ^ a b Black, Ian (10 September 2007). "Morocco Islamists say vote unfair". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Morocco's King Mohammed VI names new prime minister", Africanews, 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ "King of Morocco names Saad Eddine El Othmani as new prime minister – France 24". France 24. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Saad Eddine Othmani Announces end of Deadlock, Formation of Government", Morocco World News, 25 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Maroc : le roi nomme un gouvernement de technocrates qui marginalise les islamistes", Le Monde, 5 April 2017 (in French).
  6. ^ "A row over teaching in French has reopened old wounds in Morocco". The Economist. 17 August 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Abdelilah Benkirane
Prime Minister of Morocco