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Morocco PM’s party PJD wins election

By on October 9, 2016

Morocco’s governing Islamists in the Justice and Development Party (PJD) have won the country’s parliamentary election.

With 90% of the votes counted, they have taken 99 seats, putting them ahead of their rival, the Authenticity and Modernity Party, which won 80 seats.

Although the king relinquished some of his powers as part of the constitutional reform, he is still the most powerful person in the country and chooses the prime minister from the winning party.

The PJD, led by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, has led a broad coalition since emerging as the biggest party in the 2011 election.

“The PJD has proven today that being serious and truthful … and being faithful to the institutions, especially the monarchy, is a winning currency.” Mr Benkirane said.

This was Morocco’s second poll since it adopted constitutional reforms in 2011.

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