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People: Morocco: Salaheddine Mezouar: Foreign Minister, Head of RNI Party

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Salaheddine Mezouar
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Salaheddine Mezouar in Bonn,
(May 2016) talking to prepare COP22
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
In office
10 October 2013 – 5 April 2017
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane
Preceded by Saad-Eddine El Othmani
Succeeded by Nasser Bourita
Minister of Finance
In office
15 October 2007 – 29 November 2011
Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi
Preceded by Fathallah Oualalou
Succeeded by Nizar Baraka
Minister of Industry and Commerce
In office
8 June 2004 – 15 October 2007
Prime Minister Driss Jettou
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Ahmed Chami
Leader of the Opposition
In office
29 November 2011 – 10 October 2013
Monarch Mohammed VI
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane
Preceded by Abdelilah Benkirane
Succeeded by Abdelwahed Radi
Personal details
Born (1953-12-11) 11 December 1953 (age 64)
Meknes, Morocco
Political party National Rally of Independents
Occupation Politician

Salaheddine Mezouar (Arabic: صلاح الدين مزوار‎ – born 11 December 1953, Meknes) is a Moroccan politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 10 October 2013 until 2017.


In 2004, he was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Restructuring of the Economy.

On 15 October 2007, he was appointed Minister of Finance and the Economy.

In January 2010, he was elected president of the National Rally of Independents party.[1][2][3]

Mezouar is also a former international basketball player.[4]

Treasury controversy

In July 2012 Mezouar was involved in a scandal related to wage bonuses along with Noureddine Bensouda, the chief of the Moroccan treasury.[5] Leaked documents, revealed that Bensouda and Mezouar issued orders to reward themselves with substantial monthly and quarterly bonuses.[5] The bonues totaled roughly MAD97,772/month (US$12,000).[6] Mezouar declared that the bonuses were legal basing the decision on a 1941 decree by the French colonial-head which is still enforced. The French decree allowed such bonuses to be issued for high-ranking employees of the colonial administration.

The two employees who revealed this information, Abdelmajid Louiz and Mohammed Reda, were prosecuted and tried for leaking confidential documents.[5] On 21 March 2013, Alouiz was sentenced to two-months suspended prison and a MAD2,000 fine, while Reda was acquitted.[7] However both employees were excluded from their jobs.


  1. ^ “A look at Moroccan political parties competing in elections”. Washington Post. Retrieved 25 November 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ “Morocco: Govt Sets Up Social Solidarity Fund to Support Needy People”. All Africa. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ “Lagarde Seeks to Win Backing From Africa in Campaign to Head IMF”. Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  4. ^ “Membres du CRD: Salaheddine Mezouar”. CRD. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Smail Bellaoualli (21 March 2014). “Case against Morocco whistleblowers highlights difficulty in the battle against corruption”. AP – USNews. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Badr Soundouss (14 June 2012). “Salaheddine Mezouar reconnait la réalité des primes”. Demain online. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ “Suspended sentence for Morocco civil servant who flagged ‘graft. AFP. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Saad-Eddine El Othmani
Foreign Minister of Morocco
10 October 2013 – 5 April 2017
Succeeded by
Nasser Bourita


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