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ⵄⴰⵣⵉⵣ ⴰⵅⵏⵏⵓⵛ / Ɛaziz Axnnuš
|Prime Minister of Morocco|
|Assumed office |
10 September 2021
|Preceded by||Saadeddine Othmani|
|Leader of National Rally of Independents|
|Assumed office |
12 October 2016
|Preceded by||Salaheddine Mezouar|
|Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests|
6 April 2017 – 10 September 2021
|Prime Minister||Saadeddine Othmani|
|Preceded by||Himself (as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries)|
|Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries|
15 October 2007 – 6 April 2017
|Prime Minister||Abbas El Fassi|
|Preceded by||Mohand Laenser|
|Succeeded by||Himself (as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests)|
|Born||1961 (age 59–60)|
|Political party||National Rally of Independents|
|Spouse(s)||Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch|
|Alma mater||Université de Sherbrooke|
|Net worth||US$2 billion (17 January 2021)|
Aziz Akhannouch (Tachelhit: Ɛaziz Axnnuc, in Tifinagh: ⵄⴰⵣⵉⵣ ⴰⵅⵏⵏⵓⵛ; Arabic: عزيز أخنوش; born 1961) is a Moroccan politician, businessman, and billionaire who is scheduled to become the Prime Minister of Morocco once his government is formed. He is the CEO of Akwa Group and also served as Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2021.
Akhannouch was born in 1961 in Tafraout. His mother and sister were survivors of the Agadir earthquake from a year earlier that killed 10 of his family members: they were reported to have been left buried beneath rubble for several hours before being rescued. In 1986, Akhannouch graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a management diploma.
He is the CEO of Akwa Group, a Moroccan conglomerate particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.4 billion as of November 2013. Akhannouch inherited Akwa from his father. In 2020, Akhannouch was 12th on Forbes's annual list of Africa's wealthiest billionaires.
From 2003 to 2007, Akhannouch was the president of the Souss-Massa-Drâa regional council. He was a member of the National Rally of Independents Party, before leaving it on 2 January 2012. On 23 August 2013 he was appointed by King Mohammed VI as Minister of Finance on an interim basis after Istiqlal ministers resigned from Benkirane's cabinet, a position he kept until 9 October 2013. On 29 October 2016, Akhannouch rejoined the RNI after being elected the president of the party. He took over Salaheddine Mezouar's position, who had resigned.
On 27 July 2016, Akhannouch met with Jonathan Pershing, Special Envoy for Climate Change for the United States. In their meeting, Akhannouch and Pershing spoke about preparations for the 2016 United Nations Conference of the Parties.
In March 2020, through his company Afriquia, a subsidiary of the Akwa group, Akhannouch donated roughly one billion dirham ($103.5 million) to the Coronavirus Pandemic Management Fund founded by King Mohammed VI.
In the 2021 general election, his party placed first, winning 102 seats of the 395 seats. On 10 September 2021, he was appointed as Prime Minister by King Mohammed VI, succeeding Saadeddine Othmani, and was tasked by the King to form a new government.