Prominent figures who passed away this year – Day 24

The year 2023 witnessed the death of figures who marked the contemporary history of Morocco in several fields, including human rights, security, advocacy, media, and politics.
Abdel Wahed Radi, the former first secretary of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces Party and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, died on March 26, 2023, at the age of 88.
Al-Rahal is described as the sheikh and leader of Moroccan parliamentarians, because he has not lost his parliamentary seat since his election in the first Moroccan parliament in 1963, and he was elected for the eleventh consecutive term, for the electoral district of Sidi Slimane.
He was born in the city of Salé in 1935, where he continued his primary studies. He then moved to Rabat, obtained a baccalaureate, and joined the Sorbonne University in Paris to pursue his university studies.
The late King Hassan II appointed him Minister of Cooperation in 1983, and on October 15, 2007, King Mohammed VI appointed him Minister of Justice.
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Ahmed Harzni, former head of the Advisory Council for Human Rights and Ambassador-at-Large, died on Monday, November 13, 2023.
The deceased was born in 1948 in Guersif. He was a political prisoner for years and was one of the founders of the Marxist organization “Let Us Serve the People.” At the beginning of his career, he worked as a middle school teacher before changing his career path to a researcher in rural sociology, where he served as director of research at the National Institute for Agricultural Research in Settat.
Ahmed Shawki Banyoub, lawyer and ministerial delegate in charge of human rights, died on September 26, 2023.
The deceased chaired the working group charged with protecting and addressing violations of the Advisory Council for Human Rights since 2002, and in the second term of the Council after the 2007-2011 amendment, he chaired the working group charged with studying legislation and public policies. He is a former member of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission. He was a former vice president of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights.
He died at the age of 101 on January 1, 2023. Muhammad Cherkaoui, husband of Princess Lallamika, sister of the late King Hassan II and aunt of King Muhammad VI.
His body was buried in his hometown of Abu Al-Jaad, where he was born in 1921. His death came about a year after the death of his wife, Princess Lallamika, in September 2021.
The deceased is considered one of the first generation of symbols of the national movement, as he was one of the leaders of the Shura and Independence Party in the 1940s. He was supervisor of the newspaper La Voix nationale and was one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence in 1944. He held several positions after Morocco’s independence.
Abdel Hafiz Al-Qadiri, one of the most prominent leaders of the Istiqlal Party, died on December 11, 2023.
The late man held several positions, including Minister of Youth and Sports, and Moroccan Ambassador to Madrid. He is considered one of the first agricultural engineers in Morocco. The late man was known for his opposition to the arrest of Abderrahim Bouabid, due to his statement that he was against Hassan II’s decision to approve the referendum in the Sahara. He said at the time that “Boubaid cannot be arrested because of his opinion.”
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General Hamidou Lanikri, one of Morocco’s most famous generals, died on September 10, 2023.
The late man was involved in a serious car accident that almost claimed his life, so he was retired in 2012. In 1977, he assumed responsibility for the General Command of the Royal Gendarmerie in Casablanca, then became a military advisor to the President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for ten years.
When he returned to Morocco, he became the second person in the General Studies and Documents Office “Ladjid” from 1979 to 1989, where he worked with General Abdel Haqq Al-Qadiri, and after the May 16 bombings, he was appointed Director General of Security, and his name became famous as the most prominent man in the fight against terrorism.
Khalil Hachemi Al-Idrissi, director of the Maghreb Arab Press (LAMAP), died on April 8, 2023 after a long struggle with illness.
The deceased took over the management of the agency since June 2011, and he was born in Casablanca in 1956.
He studied in France and worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief for many years at the weekly Maroc Hebdo.
In 2000, he founded the French newspaper Aujourdeuil Le Maroc. In 2008, he was elected president of the Moroccan Federation of Newspaper Publishers, and was re-elected for a new term in 2011.
Al-Bashir Al-Yonsi, the General Guide of the Dawa and Tabligh Group, died on October 5, 2023. The late man, who was described as “the prince of the call in Morocco and Europe,” assumed this position following the death of the General Guide Sheikh Al-Hamdawi in 1987. The late man was born in the “Amjadi” madrasah, one of the largest affiliated madrasahs. For the Al Sarif tribe in the Grand Palace in the early 1930s. He became acquainted with the Tablighi Jamaat in Rabat in 1964, where he began his advocacy work. In 1967, he gave up his teaching profession to devote his time and efforts to advocacy.

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