Mbarka Bouaida

President of Guelmim-Oued Noun, Morocco Government

Mbarka Bouaida was a Member of the Political Bureau of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the first opposition group in the Moroccan Parliament since the 2011 legislative elections. She was also a locally elected Councillor in Casablanca. Bouaida is former Chair of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and the National Defence and Religious Affairs in the Moroccan House of Representatives, and was in charge of relationships between Moroccan and European parliaments. At the International level, Bouaida is Vice-President of the International Parliamentarian Forum for Democracy and a Member of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe. She also dedicates time to local associations in her native region in the southern Sahara, acting as General Secretary of the Moustaqbal Association for Education.