She is the first Moroccan woman to chair a regional council since the first regional elections in Morocco in 2015. However, she will have to leave her government post as Secretary of State for Marine Fisheries.
Bouaida’s position has held her position since the establishment of the El Othmani government (2017), she will have to quit for incompatibility of mandates with her chair region. Legally, she has a maximum period of 60 days to regularize her situation from the date of her appointment at the head of the board, that is Friday, July 5.
Born in 1975 in Laqssabi near Guelmim, Mbarka Bouaida comes from a highly successful family. The Bouaida family invests in several areas such as trade, media (Radio Mars) and even the oil industry since the family owns Petromin Oils Morocco.
The family’s entry into politics began with her uncles. She is the daughter of Ali Bouaida, who was notable in the South, owner of a hydrocarbon company, and a financier of the National Rally of Independents (RNI).
The Laqssabi native who grew up in Casablanca holds an MBA from Hull University in London, England, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Toulouse and a diploma from the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion from Casablanca. She is the mother of two daughters and the wife of Abdelkrim Mehdi, former CEO of the Regional Investment Fund of the Oriental (FIRO) and former president of the CGEM to the same region.