Morocco: Moderate parties rout ruling Islamists in elections

Morocco: Moderate parties rout ruling Islamists in elections

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Islam News – Preliminary results in Morocco show two moderate parties on course to win almost half the seats in parliament. The largest party until now, which claimed election fraud on polling day, saw its support collapse.

Two moderate parties on Thursday celebrated victory in Moroccan elections.

The pro-business National Rally of Independents (RNI) and the more progressive Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) won 97 and 82 seats respectively, according to preliminary results, with most of the votes counted.

The Islamist party that headed a ruling coaliltion in the country for the past decade, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), saw its support collapse, from 125 to just 12 seats. However, it had alleged “serious irregularities” amid the voting, accusing its rivals of vote buying.

With final results to be announced on Thursday, the center-right Istqlal party appeared set to claim 78 seats in the 395-seat assembly in the country.

Turnout was put at just over 50%, an improvement on the figure from 2016.

Under Morocco’s semi-constitutional monarchy, King Mohammed VI will name a prime minister from the party that wins the most seats. It is then incumbent on the chosen candidate to form a cabinet and submit it for the king’s approval, with royalty reserving a right to veto key appointments.

Source: DW