Moderate Islamist Party Wins Morocco Election

Posted November 27th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Final results from Morocco's parliamentary elections show that a moderate Islamist party has won the most seats in the country's legislature, giving it the right to lead a coalition for the first time.

Morocco's Interior Ministry said Sunday that the Justice and Development Party — the PJD — captured 107 seats in the 395-seat assembly in Friday's polls, while Prime Minister Abbas el Fassi's nationalist Istiqlal Party came in second.

The PJD is the latest Islamist party to win en election brought about by the Arab Spring, following Ennahda's victory in Tunisia last month. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is also expected to do well in parliamentary elections starting Monday.

The new government will have to work with King Mohammed who retains the most power. He must now name a prime minister as part of constitutional reforms that were announced in the wake of popular uprisings that have toppled north African governments, including Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

As part of the reforms, King Mohammed moved up elections that were originally set for late 2012.

Ruling party leaders say they are ready to enter talks with PJD on forming a coalition government.