Morocco : former Prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi has died - The Point

One of the great figures of the political life in morocco, the ex-Prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi, chose in 1998 by king Hassan II to lead the transition

Morocco : former Prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi has died - The Point

One of the great figures of the political life in morocco, the ex-Prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi, chose in 1998 by king Hassan II to lead the transition with his successor, Mohammed VI, has died at the age of 96 years, a-t-we learned this Friday, may 29 by the official news agency of morocco, MAP. The news was immediately confirmed by Prime minister Saad Eddine el-Othmani, on his Twitter account.

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a Militant of the first hour

This militant socialist, famous for his commitment to the independence of the country, and then against the regime of king Hassan II during the years of lead, is the only opposition leader in the arab world have made the bet of the reform within a coalition government, after years of struggle and exile.

Prime minister from 1998 to 2002, a period of transition between the reign of Hassan II and his son Mohammed VI, Abderrahmane Youssoufi had been hospitalized Sunday in a clinic in Casablanca where he had been admitted in the intensive care unit, according to the MAP.

His withdrawal from political life in 2003 was interpreted as a failure of the transition to parliamentary monarchy promised by the alawite dynasty.

He was then compelled to silence, until the publication of his Memoirs, in the spring of 2018. His Narrative of the past evokes in particular, the disappearance day of his companion fight Mehdi Ben Barka, an opponent of history of Hassan II removed to Paris, 20 October 1965 and whose body has never been found.

Status

Born in Tangier on march 8, 1924, Abderrahmane Youssoufi had joined the independence movement while he was a student at Rabat. This lawyer took in 1992 the head of the socialist Union of popular forces (USFP) after having fought for years within the party of the left.

In this post, it was conducted with Hassan II a long negotiation to turn the page on the past, getting in the other in 1994 for a general amnesty for all prisoners and political exiles. He himself had been arrested twice during the " years of lead ", in 1960 and 1963, released in 1964, before choosing the exile.

Her years in France, from 1965 to 1981 were marked by his political commitment within the party that he had founded with Mehdi Ben Barka, and by its participation in the creation of the arab Organisation for human rights, an NGO based in Cairo.

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