Moroccans are urged to renew the House of Representatives in Rabat and to appoint municipal and regional councils. From the majority party in the legislative elections comes the future head of government, appointed by King Mohammed VI.
With our special correspondent in Morocco, Amelia Tulet
One of the challenges with this election is the future of the Lamp Party: after ten years at the head of the government, is the side of the Islamists in the PJD about to turn? What will be the point for his opponent in the governing coalition, RNI for Aziz Akhannouche, Minister of Agriculture, one of the largest fortunes in Morocco, close to royal power.
In addition, this year the legislative elections, which take place every five years, fall at the same time as the municipal and regional elections (every six years).
At the municipal level, the PJD has until now governed the largest cities in the country. And there will inevitably be changes in Casablanca – the largest, most populous and richest of Moroccan cities – because the outgoing mayor does not represent himself in the city council.
Another unknown: participation. Analysts expect it to be weak.
Will the legislative choice benefit the local organization at the same time? Proximity issues tend to mobilize more, especially in small towns and villages where people vote for a famous personality.
This is the first time in Morocco that the vote is organized on a Wednesday, and not a Friday. The authorities therefore urged employers to make it easier for employees to vote by keeping them away from dropping a ballot paper in the ballot box.
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