Morocco, three women mayors for the country’s most important cities

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Casablanca, Marrakech and Rabat: for the first time the three major cities of Morocco will have a female mayor. It is the consequence of the victory, in the elections of 8 September, of the Independent of the Rni (National Rally of Independents), the center-right liberal party, who defeated the Islamist Justice and Development party (Justice and Development Party, Pjd). There is still a slight margin of uncertainty, but the alliances between the parties outline a now defined picture.

Nabila Rmili, sports doctor, will become the first female mayor of Casablanca, succeeding Abdelaziz El Omari at the helm of the municipal council of the economic capital of Morocco. For Rmili, who is also the regional director of health for the Casablanca-Settat region, this is not the first participation in the politics of the municipality of Casablanca: she has already been vice president of the city council, as well as adviser.

Also Rabat, administrative capital, will have a woman as mayor. AND Asmaa Rhlalou, political reporter for the newspaper L’Opinion and former Rni deputy in the House of Representatives.

Per Fatima-Zahra Mansouri, 45, from the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (Pam), this is the second term: the lawyer has already been mayor of Marrakech from 2009 to 2015, and will return to take over the reins of the Moroccan tourist hub. Already in 2014 Forbes he had inserted it among the 20 most influential women in Africa. His father, a former pasha, had been the country’s governor and ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Before her, Morocco had had only one female mayor: Asmaa Chaabi, also from the Authenticity and Modernity Party), who in 2003 won the elections in Essaouira.

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