PJD increase their hold on Parliament


Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has emerged victorious after Friday’s general election although turnout was very low at just 43%.

The PJD took 125 seats, up 18 seats on their 2011 result. Meanwhile the royalist Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) took 102 seats, an increase of 55 seats on 2011. In third place, as in 2011, was the centre-right Istiqlal Party which dropped 14 seats to take 46 seats.

Six other parties entered parliament, including the National Rally of Independents down 15 on 37 and the Popular Movement down five seats on 27 seats. With 198 seats needed for a majority the process of forming a coalition will now begin.

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