Islamist Party Wins Majority of Seats in Morocco Election

Published November 27, 2011

| Associated Press

Morocco's Interior Ministry says an Islamist party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections and is set to lead the next government.

Announcing final results Sunday, the ministry said the Justice and Development Party has taken 107 seats in the 395-seat legislature following the nationwide vote two days earlier.

The PJD -- known by its French initials -- is the latest Islamist party to win an election brought about by the Arab Spring. The right-of-center Istiqlal, a potential ally for the PJD, placed second with 60 seats.

Morocco has been swept by pro-democracy protests decrying lack of freedoms and widespread corruption. King Mohammed VI sought to defuse tensions by ordering a constitutional reform that gives parliament more power and moving up legislative elections by a year.

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