Benchamach succeeds the former secretary-general of PAM, Ilyas El Omari, who is also president of the Tanger-Tétouan Al Hoceima region.
Benchamach was elected at the closing of the extraordinary session of the National Council of the party, which took place last night in Sale.
The speaker of House of Councilors won 439 votes, compared to 39 for his competitor Mohamed Soulouh and 35 for Hadi El Hiba.
In total, seven candidates were competing for the position: Hicham El Hadari, Hadi El Hiba, Aziza Taibi, Hakim Benchamach, Mohammed Soulouh, Yassir Yaacoubi, and Bouchaib Mamoun.
The National Council of the PAM started the session by unanimously validating the resignation of the El Omari.
Born in 1963 in Al Hoceima, Benchamach has been the official spokesperson of PAM since March 2014. In July 2014, he was also appointed a member of the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research.
Benchamach also served as the deputy secretary general for PAM from 2009 to 2012 and president of his party’s parliamentary group between 2009 and 2015. Benchamach worked as a visiting professor at the Mohamed V Law University in Rabat between 1993 and 1994, and was also a research professor at the Faculty of Law at the Moulay Ismail University of Meknes (1994-2001).
The new secretary general of PAM held the position of assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the Mohammed V University from 2011 to 2014.
PAM was created in 2008 by Fouad Ali El Himma, councilor of King Mohammed VI.