The Istiqlal party has been critical of its Islamist coalition party, claiming that the PJD has not done enough effort to tackle the economic hardship of the country. The economic crisis in Europe has had great impact on the Moroccan economy, with youth unemployment soaring to around 30%. Sectors as tourism are suffering, as European tourists, go on vacations closer to home. With agriculture making up around 15% of Moroccan GDP, the drought and the consequent poor harvest has had great impact on the economy.
During the Arab Spring, the Moroccan King moved swiftly to call for earlier elections and government reforms giving elected officials greater power. After the Arab Spring the Islamist Party for Justice and Development had been elected to government, in the November 2011 elections. The PJD promised government reforms and combating corruption, but the economic crisis and infighting with its coalition partners made such reforms hard to accomplish.