RABAT, Morocco – Morocco's second largest political party has announced it is withdrawing from the ruling coalition, and that could lead to the fall of the Islamist-led government brought in by the Arab Spring.
Adil Benhamza, spokesman for the center-right Istiqlal (independence) party, said Sunday that its decision has been presented to the king, who will decide the future of the government and whether new elections are held.
The party made the decision Saturday night after months of expressing its dissatisfaction with its Islamist coalition partner.
The Islamist Party for Justice and Development won the most seats in the November 2011 election, buoyed by a pro-reform sentiment surrounding the Arab Spring. However, the government's reform attempts have been stymied by an economic crisis and infighting with coalition partners.