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Legislative elections in Morocco: ruling Islamist party collapses, provisional results show – franceinfo

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The Justice and Development Party fell from 125 seats in the outgoing assembly to 12, according to provisional results announced Thursday morning.

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Political renewal in sight in Morocco. The Islamist party, at the head of the government for a decade, suffered a real rout in favor of liberal parties considered close to the royal palace in the parliamentary elections on Wednesday, according to provisional results announced early Thursday, September 9. The participation rate reached 50.35% nationally, according to the Minister of the Interior.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD, moderate Islamist) is collapsing, dropping from 125 seats in the outgoing assembly to 12, Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit said during a press briefing. It comes far behind its main rivals, the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), both liberal in tendency, and the Istiqlal Party (center-right), with respectively 97, 82 and 78 (out of 395 deputies).

King Mohammed VI will appoint a head of government, from the party that won the legislative elections, responsible for forming an executive for a five-year term, succeeding Saad-Eddine El Othmani. The final results should be known on Thursday.

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