New Minister of Labor, Youngest Official in Moroccan Government

New Minister of Employment Mohamed Amakraz

Rabat –  On Wednesday, October 9, King Mohammed VI received the newly appointed ministers as part of the government reshuffle.

The list of the new officials includes several of the familiar faces the political scene, among them, the new Minister of Labor Mohamed Amakraz.

Amkraz is the youngest minister in the reformed government. The appointment of Amakraz as the minister of labor has pleased Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, who said that yesterday’s government reshuffle is in line with the instructions outlined by King Mohammed VI in his Throne Day Speech on July 29.

In the speech, the King announced that he was expecting a list from the head of government after the summer break. The list, according to the monarch should include high-level competencies and people with skills to inject “fresh momentum” into public administration.

Amakraz,  the youngest in El Othmani’s government 

The 34-year old minister is a lawyer  He was born in Tiznit in southern Morocco and earned a master’s in law.

A member of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Amakraz held several positions within his party. He was the chairman of the Central Youth Committee at the PJD and the president of the PJD’s sixth National Youth Congress before being elected in February 2018 as secretary of the PJD’s youth party.

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The PJD said that Amakraz was also the chairman of the advisory team of the Justice and Development Party in Sosuss Massa, southern Morocco.

Amakraz also served as an advisor in the municipality of Agadir, where he has been living, and a member of the executive office of Lawyers for Justice.

Good reputation in law

In 2017, Amkraz served as the lawyer to eight members of the youth wing of the  PJD, who were sentenced to one to two years in prison for “inciting terrorism” afterfollowing

The members, however, received a royal pardon at the end of July 2017 from King Mohammed VI on the throne Day.

Amakraz’s work in defense of the eight party members earned him a solid legal reputation.

Amakraz replaced his PJD fellow member Mohamed Yatim.