Morocco's ruling PJD wins parliamentary elections

Islamist PJD party wins new mandate in Moroccan elections

The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) won the elections for the second time in Morocco as the country concluded its parliamentary polls on Friday (7 October).

He said the election was "transparent" and had gone well, rejecting accusations from the PJD earlier in the day of voter fraud being carried out by authorities in favour of its liberal rivals.

In third place is the conservative Istiqlal party with 31 seats.

Only 43 percent of the eligible voters, or almost 6,750,000 people, took part in the polls, said Morocco's Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad in a press briefing in the capital Rabat, amid allegations of election fraud.

Morocco's moderate Islamists are favoured to win a parliamentary election on Friday, five years after they entered government when the kingdom introduced limited reforms in the wake of Arab Spring protests calling for change. The palace pledged to loosen control over Moroccan politics after Arab Spring protests five years ago, but still retains control over major policy decisions.

Voters will select lawmakers for the 395-seat House of Representatives.

Adultery scandals and thwarted election-day attacks marked the unusually venomous campaign in this North African nation, which is allied with the United States and seen as a model of stability and relative prosperity in the region.

PJD campaigners also said the ministry was ordering local officials under its control to promote PAM in their neighbourhoods.

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Benkirane's PJD-led coalition has been fiscally sound, pushing reforms in public finances.

The Interior Ministry issued statements denying most of the claimed irregularities, but said it was investigating others.

"The PJD has proven today that being serious and truthful. and being faithful to the institutions, especially the monarchy is a winning currency", Prime Minister Benkirane said, while addressing media after the results.

The results suggest no single party will have a majority, meaning the victor will likely have to form a coalition government. Smaller parties won the remaining seats. Final results are expected later Saturday. This news story is related to Print/156001-Islamists-beat-liberals-in-Morocco-elections/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.

"I voted for the PJD because I want to give them a chance to finish what they started", said Hamza Saidi, a pensioner casting his ballot in the capital Rabat.

Benkirane himself has been cautious, playing down any friction with the king, if not with PAM, whose former founder is a close friend of the king and now works as a palace advisor.

Some 4,000 Moroccan and worldwide observers are monitoring the elections.

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