Prime Minister of Morocco

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Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco
رئيس حكومة المملكة المغربية
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Saadeddine Othmani

since 5 April 2017
Appointer Mohammed VI
Inaugural holder Mbarek Bekkay
Formation7 December 1955;65 years ago (1955-12-07)
Salary62,500 USD annually [1]
Website :::موقع رئيس الحكومة:::

The prime minister of Morocco (officially Head of Government) is the head of government of the Kingdom of Morocco and serves in a position akin to a prime minister in other constitutional monarchies. [2] The prime minister is chosen by the king of Morocco from the largest party elected to parliament. The Constitution of Morocco grants executive powers to the government and allows the head of government to propose and dismiss cabinet members, provincial governors, and ambassadors, to oversee government programs and the delivery of public services, and to dissolve the lower house of parliament with the king's approval. [3]


A newly appointed prime minister is responsible for forming the government it will head by leading negotiations between the king and parliament to fill ministry positions. [4] Until the new government is approved by the king and formally takes office, parliament approves and oversees government programs and public service. There are no constitutional limits on a prime minister's term, and several have served multiple non-consecutive terms.

Contrary to typical presidential systems where the president is the highest ranking leader of the executive branch and is considered both head of government and head of state, the king is the Moroccan head of state and holds substantial discretionary power over the executive branch and has exclusive authority over the military, religion, and the judiciary. [3]

There are four living former prime ministers of Morocco. Ahmed Osman (born 1930), Driss Jettou (born 1945), Abbas El Fassi (born 1940) and Abdelilah Benkirane (born 1954).

The current holder is Saadeddine Othmani since taking office on 5 April 2017. Following the 2021 Moroccan general election, Aziz Akhannouch was tasked on 10 September 2021 by King Mohammed VI to form a government, which has yet to take charge.

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