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Elections in Morocco for the PJD, Justice and Development Party, which has had a majority for ten years in parliament and at the head of the outgoing government, are not even among the top three after yesterday’s legislative election, Wednesday 8 September. Provisional results were announced overnight

With our special correspondent in Morocco, Amelia Tulet

According to preliminary results, “lamp party”, nicknamed the Justice and Development Party, gets only twelve of the 365 seats in the Moroccan parliament, which had still won the previous legislative elections in 2011 or 2016. Sanctions vote after a decade in business or as a result of the reform of the calculation of the electoral quota as structurally disadvantages PJD? A more detailed analysis of the results will be required, constituencies after constituencies to find out.

In the meantime, it is inevitably a side that turns in Morocco. Because from the majority party in the legislative election came the prime minister appointed by the king. The winner, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry, is the RNI, “Duvan’s party”, Agriculture Minister Aziz Akhannouche, one of the kingdom’s largest fortunes: 97 seats in the House of Representatives.

No party wins an absolute majority. Just behind is PAM, the “Tractor Party”, with 82 seats. Finally, on the third step on the podium is Istiqlal, with 78 seats. Then there are four parties, including the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, before arriving at the PJD and its 12 seats. There is no poll in Morocco, so no figures to make predictions before a vote. Observers of Moroccan political life expected the PJD to lose ground, between power cuts, despair among voters and unfavorable electoral quota reforms, but not such a decline.

No single party wins an absolute majority in the Moroccan parliament on its own. Alliances and a governing coalition will therefore be required. A new chapter opens. The final election figures will be published today. And it is King Mohammed VI who will take a personality out of the winning party to form the new government.

One last expected figure, participation. It is a little more than 50% at the national level with a peak of almost 67% in the Laayoune region.

Read also: Local and legislative elections in Morocco: modest attendance at polling stations

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