General election today


Morocco holds its first general election after a constitutional referendum on 1st July which saw voters approving more powers for parliament. Also, for the first time, King Mohamed VI will choose the prime minister from the largest party in the new parliament.

There are 31 parties contesting the election, with the main opposition Justice and Development Party (PJD) expected to do well. The G8, a coalition of parties based around the National Rally of Independents which is close to the royal family and the main party in the last parliament, the Independence Party or Istiqlal (PI) are also expected to do well.

The 13.6 million voters will choose from 7,102 candidates for 395 seats in the Assembly of Representatives (an increase of 70 seats on 2007). Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

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