Fatiha El Moudni, the new mayor of Rabat   

On Monday, March 25, 2024, Mrs. Fatiha El Moudni was elected by a majority vote as President of the Rabat Communal Council. With 66 votes out of a total of 81, Mrs. El Moudni replaces Asmaa Rhlalou, who resigned from her position as mayor of Rabat.  

She thus becomes the second woman to take the reins of the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco.  In a brief speech after her election, she invited the councillors to “work hand in hand to raise Rabat to the level of world-renowned capitals”. Indeed, the Council is called upon to support the implementation of major projects with a view to hosting several events, including the Africa Cup of Nations in 2025 and the World Cup in 2030.   

Born in Rabat in 1981, Fatiha El Moudni attended school in the capital. After graduating from high school, she remained in Rabat to pursue her studies at the International Institute for Higher Education in Morocco (IIHEM), where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 2004. She then flew to England where, in 2007, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Business at Regent College, London.  

Fatiha El Moudni went on to work internationally in the steelmaking sector in England, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. This career path enabled her to become a perfect polyglot, mastering Spanish, Chinese, English and French. 

In 2010, Fatiha El Moudni returned home and took over the reins of Getradis, a Rabat-based family business specializing in the distribution of food and non-food products to convenience stores.   

On the political front, Fatiha El Moudni was elected to the Souissi district under the colors of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) in 2015, then under the colors of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) in 2021. Her leadership has been recognized by several international awards, including the “New Leader for the Future at the Crans Montana Forum” in 2015, and the “African Woman Young Leader” award won in Belgium in 2019. 

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