In the early parliamentary elections in Morocco, the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has carried the day. The party could, according to preliminary results of 395 seats, winning 80, significantly more than any other party, such as Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui said. The Independence Party (Istiqlal) of Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi ended up with 45 seats in second place.
The royal family related to the liberal parties and RNI are Pam on 38 and 33 seats, as Cherkaoui said. He stressed that it is merely "preliminary, not definitive" handle results. The elections had been free and transparent. The turnout was therefore at 45.4 percent, higher than 2007 (37 percent) but lower than in 2002 (nearly 52 percent). With final results not expected until Sunday afternoon.
PJD leader Abdelilah Benkirane thanked the Moroccans. "We can only be satisfied." The PJD had said before announcement of the result of having won the election. The chairman of the PJD parliamentary group, Lahcen Daoudi told the news agency AFP, figures available so far, according to his party would win "more than a hundred" seats.
It was expected that no party would get an absolute majority and that therefore the formation of a coalition government will be necessary. King Mohammed VI. is for a constitutional amendment in the summer for the first time obliged to appoint the prime minister from the ranks of the party with the most votes.
PJD leader Benkirane told AFP the same time as the announcement of the election results, his party was ready to resume negotiations with other parties about forming a coalition government.Previously he had told the French television station France 24, the basis of a future Labour government was "Democracy and good governance". "From now on, the Moroccans will have the feeling that the state is there for them, and not vice versa."
About 13.5 million voters had been called in the early election of the Parliament to the polls, they could choose between 31 parties. The election was due in early July in a referendum overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment. This strengthens the role of Parliament in the legislative process and the position of prime minister.