El Fassi named Moroccan prime minister

September 20, 2007 02:20

Abbas El Fassi, a longtime government minister and the leader of a secular political party in Morocco, has been named prime minister in the North African kingdom, the palace said. El Fassi's party, conservative-leaning Istiqlal, won the greatest number of seats in parliamentary elections this month, coming out ahead of an Islamic party that had been widely expected to win. King Mohammed VI received El Fassi at the royal palace and named him prime minister, the official MAP news agency said Wednesday, quoting a palace statement. The new prime minister replaces Driss Jettou, a longtime businessman who had served since 2002. El Fassi, 67, was minister of state in the previous administration.

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