This is a real turning point for Morocco. At the head of the country for more than ten years, the Justice and Development Party (PJD, moderate Islamist) of Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani suffered a heavy setback during the legislative elections on Wednesday (September 8th). As reported by BFMTV, only twelve of its candidates will sit in the future Moroccan Assembly when they were 125 in office. This takes place for the benefit of liberal parties considered to be close to the royal palace.
While aspiring to run for a third consecutive term as head of government, the PJD was overtaken by the National Rally of Independents (RNI), the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), both liberal in tendency, and the Parti of Istiqlal (center-right), with 97, 82 and 78 seats respectively (out of 395 deputies). As clarified by BFMTV, King Mohammed VI must now appoint a head of government, from the party that won the legislative elections, who will be responsible for forming an executive for a five-year term. These legislative elections recorded a turnout of 50.35%, against 43% in previous legislative elections in 2016.