Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco
رئيس حكومة المملكة المغربية (Arabic)
Aziz Akhannouch
since 7 October 2021
StyleHis Excellency
TypeHead of Government
SeatRabat, Morocco
AppointerKing of Morocco
Term length5 years
No term limit
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Morocco
PrecursorThe Grand Vizier Fonction
Formation7 December 1955; 68 years ago (1955-12-07)
First holderMbarek Bekkay
Unofficial namesPresident of the Government
SalaryDH840,000 or US$93,000 per annum [1]

The Prime Minister of Morocco (officially Head of Government, Arabic: رئيس حكومة المملكة المغربية, romanizedRa‘īs ḥukūmat al-Mamlakat al-Maġribiyya) is the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.[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]

The current holder is Aziz Akhannouch since taking office on 7 October 2021 from Saadeddine Othmani.


On 20 September 2007, Abbas El Fassi was appointed 14th Prime Minister of Morocco by King Mohammed VI.[5]

On 29 November 2011, Abdelilah Benkirane was appointed 15th Prime Minister of Morocco by King Mohammed VI.[6] On 10 October 2016, Bankirane was reappointed after the Islamist party won parliamentary elections.[7][8][9] He was dismissed on 15 March 2017 by King Mohammed VI, due to failure to form a government five months after elections.[10][11]

On 17 March 2017, Saadeddine Othmani was appointed 16th Prime Minister of Morocco by King Mohammed VI.[12][13][14]

On 10 September 2021, Aziz Akhannouch was appointed 17th Prime Minister of Morocco by King Mohammed VI.[15][16][17]

List of prime ministers

Main article: List of heads of government of Morocco

See also


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  6. ^ "Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane named Morocco PM". BBC News. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
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  8. ^ Al Jazeera Staff. "Morocco's Benkirane reappointed PM for another term". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
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  10. ^ "Morocco's King Ousts Prime Minister". VOA. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  11. ^ Earthquake, Assessing Middle East Responses to the Turkey-Syria; Events, Other Destructive. "The Moroccan King Dismisses an Islamist Prime Minister". The Washington Institute. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  12. ^ "King of Morocco names Saad Eddine El Othmani as new prime minister". France 24. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  13. ^ "Morocco's king names PJD's Othmani as new prime minister". Al Arabiya English. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  14. ^ "Morocco's king names PJD's Othmani as prime minister". Reuters. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  15. ^ "Morocco's king names businessman Aziz Akhannouch to lead new government". France 24. 2021-09-10. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  16. ^ "Moroccan king appoints Aziz Akhannouch as gov't head". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  17. ^ "Aziz Akhannouch named as Morocco's new PM – DW – 09/11/2021". dw.com. Retrieved 2023-03-05.