Islamist Party Wins Vote In Morocco

The party captured 80 seats in the 395-seat assembly, the most of any party, in Friday’s polls according to provisional results, Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui told a news conference.

PJD officials said earlier that their own figures showed they had won over 100 seats in the election, the country’s first since a reform of the constitution that gives more power to parliament and the prime minister.

According to the new constitution overwhelmingly approved in a July referendum, King Mohammed VI must now pick the prime minister from the party which wins the most seats in parliament, instead of naming whomever he pleases. – Sapa-AFP