Abdelilah Benkirane is a Moroccan politician who was Prime Minister of Morocco from November 2011 to March 2017.
11 Facts About Abdelilah Benkirane
Abdelilah Benkirane has represented Sale in the Moroccan parliament since 14 November 1997.
Abdelilah Benkirane was elected leader of the Justice and Development Party in July 2008, taking over from Saadeddine Othmani.
Abdelilah Benkirane's government targeted average economic growth of 5.5 percent a year during its four-year mandate, and aimed to reduce the jobless rate to 8 percent by the end of 2016 from 9.1 percent at the start of 2012.
On 1 December 2016, Abdelilah Benkirane criticized the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad for its actions during the Syrian Civil War: "What the Syrian regime backed by Russia is doing to the Syrian people surpasses all humanitarian limits".
However, Abdelilah Benkirane was unable to form a functioning government due to ongoing political negotiations.
On 12 April 2017, Abdelilah Benkirane resigned from the Moroccan Parliament claiming incompatibility.
On 30 October 2021, Abdelilah Benkirane was elected as PJD secretary-general, following the resignation of Saadeddine Othmani in the aftermath of his party's loss in the 2021 Moroccan general election.
Abdelilah Benkirane's father was interested in Sufism and Islamic fundamentalism, while his mother attended meetings of the women's branch of Istiqlal.
Abdelilah Benkirane enjoys chess and music, although he says he is "not in favour of indecent music".
Abdelilah Benkirane is married to a party activist and has six children.