Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh to be have women mayors

In a major realignment of local politics in Morocco, women will lead the country’s three largest cities. Nabila Rmili will become the first female mayor of Casablanca, Asmaa Rhlalou, a journalist and a former deputy of the RNI party in the House of Representatives will lead Rabat, and Fatima-Zahra Mansouri, of the progressive Authenticity and Modernity Party, will be mayor of Marrakech, Morocco World News reported.

Rmili, whose candidacy was highly favored, was selected as part of a coalition of the three highest-ranking parties in the September 8 elections in Casablanca. Rmili is also the regional director of health for the Casablanca-Settat region, and president of the organization of health professionals of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the winner of Morocco’s 2021 general elections.

Rabat chose Rhlalou, a journalist and the former deputy of the RNI in the House of Representatives, as mayor.

Mansouri, of the progressive Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), who served as mayor of Marrakech between 2009-2015, appears likely to take the reins of Morocco’s tourism hub.

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