Morocco: Islamist PJD party wins new mandate in elections

The Interior Ministry said Saturday that the PJD won 125 of the 395 seats in the Chamber of Representatives. The Party of Authenticity and Modernity, founded by an adviser to the king, won 102 seats total.

By: AP | Rabat | Published:October 8, 2016 5:22 pm
Morocco, Morocco elections, Morocco islamist party, islamists party win in Morocco, latest news, latest world news A Moroccan man casts his ballot at a polling station for the parliamentary elections, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

The moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development has won Morocco’s national elections, according to official results, despite frustration with its handling of the economy in its five years leading the government and a challenge from a party close to the royal palace.

The Interior Ministry said Saturday that the PJD won 125 of the 395 seats in the Chamber of Representatives. The Party of Authenticity and Modernity, founded by an adviser to the king, won 102 seats total. No party won a majority, so the PJD will likely need to create a coalition government. The party won elections in 2011, riding a wave of Arab Spring protests demanding political reform. Worries about youth joblessness and Islamic extremism were on many voters’ minds.