A woman at the head of three large cities, including Rabat, the first in the country's history

A woman at the head of three large cities, including Rabat, the first in the country’s history

Asmaa Rallo, 52, became the first mayor of Rabat, the capital of Morocco.

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Women will rule three large Moroccan cities after the September 8 elections, a first in the kingdom. Friday 24 September Asmaa Rallo, 52, became the first mayor of Rabat, the capital of Morocco.

“It’s a historic day for the city of lights, Rabat!” The candidate of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) shouted, after being elected on Friday by the city council in the capital of about 550,000 people. Four days ago, on September 20, another candidate from the National Rally Party, Nabila Ramli, 47, was also elected for the first time, to head the Greater Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city with a population of 3.5 million.

Their (Liberal) party, led by businessman Aziz Akhannouch, won the elections, and took first place in the legislative, regional and municipal elections. In Marrakesh, the country’s tourist capital (1.3 million inhabitants), Fatima Zahra Mansouri, 45, will be elected by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), who will head the city council, reclaiming the position she already held between 2009 and 2015.

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