PJD win election


The centre right Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has emerged as the largest party from Friday’s general election. The party took 80 of the 395 seats in the Assembly of Representatives. This means that their leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, in accordance with the new constitution, will be appointed by King Mohammed VI to be the next prime minister.

Although all of the figures have still to be verified and may change slightly, the centre right monarchist Istiqlal Party (Independence Party) came second with 45 seats and the centre right liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI) came third with 33 seats.

The brand new centre right monarchist Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) along with their seven party alliance scored spectacularly by taking 33 seats.

The centre left Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) came next with 29 seats.

The Justice and Development Party, which models itself on the ruling Turkish AK Party, has been rising in numbers since the 1990s. In 1997 they took just eight seats and in 2002 they won 42 seats; in 2007 they won 46 seats. Their leader has said that they want to form a coalition government to promote democracy and good governance. They have also indicated that they recognise that their policies will have to be changed to accommodate their coalition partners.

Turnout was 45.5% and 18 of the 30 parties which stood in the election have won seats in the new parliament.

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