The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from Morocco

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This page contains a list of the greatest Moroccan Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 45 of which were born in Morocco. This makes Morocco the birth place of the 56th most number of Politicians behind Tunisia and North Korea.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Moroccan Politicians of all time. This list of famous Moroccan Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Moroccan Politicians.

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1. Hassan II of Morocco (1929 - 1999)

With an HPI of 77.07, Hassan II of Morocco is the most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 57 different languages on wikipedia.

Hassan II (Arabic: الْحسْنُ الثاني بْن مُحَمَّدُ بْن يوسف بْن الْحسْنِ بْن الشَّرِيفِ بْن عَلِيُّ الْعَلَوِيِّ‎, or simply الحسن الثاني al-ḥasan ath-ṯhānī, Maghrebi Arabic: الحسن الثاني) (الحسن الثاني July 1929 – 23 July 1999) was the King of Morocco from 1961 until his death in 1999. A member of the Alaouite dynasty, which has ruled the country since the mid 17th century, he was the eldest son of Mohammed V, Sultan, and then King, of Morocco (1909–1961), and his second wife, Lalla Abla bint Tahar (1909–1992). Hassan was known as one of the most severe and autocratic rulers of Morocco, widely accused of authoritarian practices and civil rights abuses, particularly during the Years of Lead.

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2. Abd el-Krim (1882 - 1963)

With an HPI of 75.93, Abd el-Krim is the 2nd most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Muhammad ibn Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi (Tarifit: ⵎⵓⵃⵏⴷ ⵏ ⵄⴰⴱⴷⵍⴽⵔⵉⵎ ⴰⵅⵟⵟⴰⴱ; Arabic: محمد بن عبد الكريم الخطابي‎), better known as Abd el-Krim (1882/1883, Ajdir, Morocco – 6 February 1963, Cairo, Egypt) was a Moroccan political and military leader and the President of the Republic of the Rif. He and his brother M'Hammad led a large-scale revolt by a coalition of Riffian tribes against French and Spanish colonization of the Rif, in Morocco. His guerrilla tactics, which included the first-ever use of tunneling as a technique of modern warfare, directly influenced Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong and Che Guevara.

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3. Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1937 - )

With an HPI of 75.72, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the 3rd most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 75 different languages.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (pronunciation ; Arabic: عبد العزيز بوتفليقة‎, romanized: ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Būtaflīqa [ʕabd elʕaziːz buːtefliːqa]; 2 March 1937 – 17 September 2021) served as President of Algeria from 1999 to his resignation in 2019. Before his stint as an Algerian politician, Bouteflika served during the Algerian War as a member of the National Liberation Front. After Algeria gained its independence from France, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1963 until 1979. He served as President of the United Nations General Assembly during the 1974–1975 session. In 1999, Bouteflika was elected president of Algeria in a landslide victory. He would win re-elections in 2004, 2009, and 2014. As President, he presided over the end of the Algerian Civil War in 2002 when he took over the project of his immediate predecessor President Liamine Zéroual, and he ended emergency rule in February 2011 amidst regional unrest. Following a stroke in 2013, Bouteflika had made few public appearances throughout his fourth term, making his final appearance in 2017.Bouteflika resigned on 2 April 2019 after months of mass protests. With nearly 20 years in power, he is the longest-serving head of state of Algeria to date. Following his resignation, Bouteflika became a recluse and died at the age of 84 in 2021, over two years after his resignation.

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4. Ismail Ibn Sharif (1646 - 1727)

With an HPI of 74.45, Ismail Ibn Sharif is the 4th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif (Arabic: مولاي إسماعيل بن الشريف‎), born around 1645 in Sijilmassa and died on 22 March 1727 at Meknes, was a Sultan of Morocco from 1672–1727, as the second ruler of the Alaouite dynasty. He was the seventh son of Moulay Sharif and was governor of the Kingdom of Fez and the north of Morocco from 1667 until the death of his half-brother, Sultan Moulay Rashid in 1672. He was proclaimed sultan at Fez, but spent several years in conflict with his nephew Moulay Ahmed ben Mehrez, who also claimed the throne, until the latter's death in 1687. Moulay Ismail's 55-year reign is the longest of any sultan of Morocco. The reign of Moulay Ismail marked a high watermark for Moroccan power. His military successes are explained by the creation of a strong army, originally relying on the 'Guichs' (especially the Udaya) and on the Black Guard (or Abid al-Bukhari), black slaves who were totally devoted to him. As a result, the central power could be less reliant on tribes that often rebelled. Moulay Ismail failed against the Regency of Algiers during the battle of Moulouya in 1692, as he tried to expand his territory towards Tlemcen. Moulay Ismail once again attempted to capture Oran, which was under Spanish rule, he had some success in pushing back the tribes of the Regency of Algiers until the Algerian Bey Mustapha cooperated with the Spaniards in pushing back Moulay Ismail's army. Moulay Ismail engaged in the Maghrebi War against the Regency of Algiers, he was successful in conquering the Western Beylik, he even looted the palace of the Bey. His army was subsequently pushed back in the Battle of Chelif in 1701. He participated in other minor battles such as Laghouat in 1708 which ended successfully. He expelled the Europeans from the ports they had occupied: Larache, Asilah, Mehdya, and Tangier. He took thousands of Christians prisoner and nearly took Ceuta. Ismail controlled a fleet of corsairs based at Salé-le-Vieux and Salé-le-Neuf (now Rabat), which supplied him with European Christian slaves and weapons through their raids in the Mediterranean and all the way to the Black Sea. He established significant diplomatic relations with foreign powers, especially the Kingdom of France, Great Britain, and Spain. Often compared to his contemporary, Louis XIV, due to his charisma and authority, Moulay Ismail was nicknamed the 'bloody king' by the Europeans due to his extreme cruelty and exaction of summary justice upon his Christian slaves. He is also known in his native country as the "Warrior King". He also made Meknes his capital and undertook the construction of an enormous citadel and palace complex next to its old city which included several grand residences, gardens, monumental gates, mosques and more than forty kilometres of walls. He died following a sickness. After his death, his supporters became so powerful that they controlled the country, enthroning and dethroning the sultans at will.

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5. Mohammed V of Morocco (1909 - 1961)

With an HPI of 73.89, Mohammed V of Morocco is the 5th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Mohammed al-Khamis bin Yusef bin Hassan al-Alawi (Arabic: محمد الخامس بن يوسف بن الحسن بن محمد بن عبد الرحمن بن هشام بن محمد بن عبد الله بن إسماعيل بن الشريف بن علي العلوي‎), also known as Sidi Mohammed ben Yusef (Arabic: سيدي محمد بن يوسف‎) or Mohammed V (Arabic: محمد الخامس‎) (10 August 1909 – 26 February 1961), was Sultan of Morocco from 1927 to 1953; he was recognized as Sultan again upon his return from exile in 1955, and as King from 1957 to 1961. Upon his father Moulay Yusef's death he succeeded to the throne. He was a member of the Alaouite dynasty.

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6. Mohammed VI of Morocco (1963 - )

With an HPI of 72.58, Mohammed VI of Morocco is the 6th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 76 different languages.

Mohammed VI (Arabic: محمد السادس‎; born 21 August 1963) is the King of Morocco. He belongs to the Alaouite dynasty and ascended to the throne on 23 July 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hassan II.Upon ascending to the throne, the king initially introduced a number of reforms, and changed the family code Mudawana which granted women more power. Leaked diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks have led to allegations of corruption in the court of King Mohammed VI, implicating the king and his closest advisors. Widespread disturbances in 2011, a Moroccan element of the Arab Spring, protested against corruption and urged the need for political reform. In response, King Mohammed VI promulgated a program of reforms and introduced a new constitution. These reforms were passed by a public referendum on 1 July 2011.The king has vast business holdings across several economic sectors in Morocco. His net worth has been estimated at between US$2.1 billion and over US$5 billion, and, according to the American business magazine Forbes, he was the richest king in Africa in 2014, and the 5th richest king in the world.

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7. Yusuf ibn Tashfin (1009 - 1106)

With an HPI of 71.03, Yusuf ibn Tashfin is the 7th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Yusuf ibn Tashfin, also Tashafin, Teshufin, (Arabic: يوسف بن تاشفين ناصر الدين بن تالاكاكين الصنهاجي‎, romanized: Yūsuf ibn Tāshfīn Naṣr al-Dīn ibn Tālākakīn al-Ṣanhājī; reigned c. 1061 – 1106) was leader of the Berber Almoravid empire. He co-founded the city of Marrakesh and led the Muslim forces in the Battle of Sagrajas. Ibn Tashfin came to al-Andalus from Africa to help the Muslims fight against Alfonso VI, eventually achieving victory and promoting an Islamic system in the region. In 1061 he took the title “amir al-Muslimin” recognising the suzerainty of the Abbasid Caliphate whom he became a vassal of. He was married to Zaynab an-Nafzawiyyah, whom he reportedly trusted politically.

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8. Idris I of Morocco (743 - 791)

With an HPI of 70.23, Idris I of Morocco is the 8th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Idris (I) ibn Abdallah (Arabic: إدريس بن عبدالله‎), also known as Idris the Elder (Arabic: إدريس الأكبر‎, romanized: Idris al-Akbar) was a Hasanid and the founder of the Idrisid dynasty in part of northern Morocco, in alliance with the Berber tribe of Awraba. He ruled from 788 to 791. He is credited with founding the dynasty that established Moroccan statehood and is regarded as the "founder of Morocco".

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9. Ahmad al-Mansur (1549 - 1603)

With an HPI of 70.10, Ahmad al-Mansur is the 9th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Ahmad al-Mansur (Arabic: أبو العباس أحمد المنصور‎, Ahmad Abu al-Abbas al-Mansur, also al-Mansur al-Dahabbi (the Golden), Arabic: أحمد المنصور الذهبي‎; and Ahmed al-Mansour; 1549 in Fes – 25 August 1603, Fes) was the Saadi Sultan of Morocco from 1578 to his death in 1603, the sixth and most famous of all rulers of the Saadis. Ahmad al-Mansur was an important figure in both Europe and Africa in the sixteenth century; his powerful army and strategic location made him an important power player in the late Renaissance period. He has been described as "a man of profound Islamic learning, a lover of books, calligraphy and mathematics, as well as a connoisseur of mystical texts and a lover of scholarly discussions."

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10. Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur (1160 - 1199)

With an HPI of 69.54, Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur is the 10th most famous Moroccan Politician.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb ibn Yūsuf ibn Abd al-Muʾmin al-Manṣūr (Arabic: أبو يوسف يعقوب بن يوسف بن عبد المؤمن المنصور‎; c. 1160 – 23 January 1199 Marrakesh), commonly known as Jacob Almanzor (يعقوب المنصور) or Moulay Yacoub (مولاي يعقوب), was the third Almohad Caliph. Succeeding his father, al-Mansur reigned from 1184 to 1199. His reign was distinguished by the flourishing of trade, architecture, philosophy and the sciences, as well as by victorious military campaigns in which he was successful in repelling the tide of the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula.

Pantheon has 45 people classified as politicians born between 743 and 1978. Of these 45, 19 (42.22%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Mohammed VI of Morocco, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The most famous deceased politicians include Hassan II of Morocco, Abd el-Krim, and Ismail Ibn Sharif. As of October 2020, 5 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Mohammed ben Abdallah, Azzeddine Laraki, and Aryeh Deri.

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