Moroccan parliamentary elections to be held on 7 October this year

Mon 1 Feb 2016

Moroccan parliamentary elections to be held on 7 October this year

On 28 January Morocco’s Minister of Communication and spokesman of the government, Mustapha Khalfi, announced that the parliamentary elections will take place on October 7 this year. Currently, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) of Abdelilah Benkirane is still leading the government since last elections were held in 2011.

The Authenticity and Modernity Party
According to some analysts the PJD could win a second term in the elections. However, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) can still oust the ruling party. This liberal party was founded in 2008 by Fouad Ali El Himma, adviser of King Mohammed VI. Originally the party’s aim was to support the King. Recently a new Secretary General of the PAM, Ilyas El Omari, has been unanimously elected on January 24.

Previous results
In the last parliamentary elections of 2011 the PJD won 107 out of the 395 seats. The PAM won only 47 seats.  Nevertheless, in the regional and municipal elections in September 2015 the PAM won 21,12 percent while the PJD was third with only 15,94 percent. The Istiqlal or Independence Party was second with 16,22 percent. This party was in the parliamentary elections of 2011 the second party as well with 60 seats.
The election campaign will start on September 24 and runs until October 6. The chosen parliamentarians will be elected for a term of five years.

Sources: Al Arabiya, Morocco World News, voaafrique, Al Huffington Post