Salaheddine Mezouar
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 MinisterAbdelilah Benkirane
Preceded bySaad-Eddine El Othmani
Succeeded byNasser Bourita
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
15 October 2007 – 3 January 2012
Prime MinisterAbbas El Fassi
Abdelilah Benkirane
Preceded byFathallah Oualalou
Succeeded byNizar Baraka
Minister of Industry and Commerce
In office
8 June 2004 – 15 October 2007
Prime MinisterDriss Jettou
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAhmed Chami
Leader of the Opposition
In office
29 November 2011 – 10 October 2013
MonarchMohammed VI
Prime MinisterAbdelilah Benkirane
Preceded byAbdelilah Benkirane
Succeeded byHamid Chabat
Leader of National Rally of Independents
In office
23 January 2010 – 12 October 2016
Preceded byMustapha Mansouri
Succeeded byAziz Akhannouch
Personal details
Born (1953-12-11) 11 December 1953 (age 68)
Meknes, Morocco
Political partyNational Rally of Independents

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 Economy and Finance.[1]

In January 2010, he was elected president of the National Rally of Independents party.[2][3][4]

Mezouar is also a former international basketball player.[5]

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.[6] Leaked documents, revealed that Bensouda and Mezouar issued orders to reward themselves with substantial monthly and quarterly bonuses.[6] The bonuses totaled roughly MAD97,772/month (US$12,000).[7] 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.[6] On 21 March 2013, Alouiz was sentenced to two-months suspended prison and a MAD2,000 fine, while Reda was acquitted.[8] However both employees were excluded from their jobs.

See also


  1. ^ MEF - Royaume du Maroc. "Nos anciens ministres".
  2. ^ "A look at Moroccan political parties competing in elections". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 6 March 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Morocco: Govt Sets Up Social Solidarity Fund to Support Needy People". All Africa. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Lagarde Seeks to Win Backing From Africa in Campaign to Head IMF". Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Membres du CRD: Salaheddine Mezouar". CRD. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Badr Soundouss (14 June 2012). "Salaheddine Mezouar reconnait la réalité des primes". Demain online. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Suspended sentence for Morocco civil servant who flagged 'graft'". AFP. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
Political offices Preceded bySaad-Eddine El Othmani Foreign Minister of Morocco 10 October 2013 – 5 April 2017 Succeeded byNasser Bourita