Local election results
The ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) have emerged as the party with the largest vote in Morocco’s municipal and regional elections last Friday. However, the results were mixed with the PJD doing better in regional councils and urban areas whilst opposition parties did better in the municipalities and rural areas.
About 15 million people were eligible to vote on Friday with around 30 parties competing for 31,503 municipal seats and 678 regional seats. Turnout was 53.6% according to the Interior Ministry.
The PJD took 1.5 million votes and 25.6% of the regional seats, but came third in municipalities with 15.9% of seats. The PJD came first in five of Morocco’s 12 regions, including Casablanca, Rabat and Fez.
The opposition Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), a liberal opposition party founded by a politician close to the king, came second in the regional poll with 19.4% but won the municipal vote, taking 21% and 6,655 seats.
The Istiqlal or Independence Party (PI) came third, taking 16% in the municipalities and 5,106 seats.