King sacks PM as post-election stalemate continues


King Mohammed VI of Morocco has decided to dismiss Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane. The decision was taken after the prime minister had failed, after five months, to form a new government following the general election of 7th October 2016.

In the election the prime minister’s Justice and Development Party (PJD) gained an additional 18 seats to hold 125 of the 395 seats in the House of Representatives. But after the election the PJD was unable to reform its coalition with the Istiqlal Party and talks with the National Rally of Independents (RNI) came to nothing.

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