Islamists won in Morocco elections

Sunday, 9 October, 2016 - 05:30

The Islamist party which has headed Morocco’s coalition government since Arab Spring-inspired protests five years ago beat liberal rivals in parliamentary elections on Friday, according to official partial results.

The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 99 seats while the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) — which had campaigned against the “Islamisation” of Moroccan society — took 80 with 90 per cent of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Mohammad Hassad said the election was “transparent” and had gone well, rejecting accusations of voter fraud from both sides.

Participation was at 43 per cent, or roughly 6,750,000 voters, Hassad said during a press conference in the capital Rabat.