Middle East

Islamist PJD party wins new mandate in Moroccan elections

  • A Moroccan man casts his ballot at a polling station for the parliamentary elections, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.  Amid worries about jobs and extremism, millions of Moroccans voted Friday in parliamentary elections that will determine whether moderate Islamists will keep control of the government or lose power to a young rival party close to the powerful royal palace.(AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    A Moroccan man casts his ballot at a polling station for the parliamentary elections, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Amid worries about jobs and extremism, millions of Moroccans voted Friday in parliamentary elections that will determine whether moderate Islamists will keep control of the government or lose power to a young rival party close to the powerful royal palace.(AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)  (The Associated Press)

  • A polling station staff shows a ballot as officials and political party's representatives count the ballots in a polling station in Rabat, Morocco, Friday,in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.  Amid worries about jobs and extremism, millions of Moroccans voted Friday in parliamentary elections that will determine whether moderate Islamists will keep control of the government or lose power to a young rival party close to the powerful royal palace. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    A polling station staff shows a ballot as officials and political party's representatives count the ballots in a polling station in Rabat, Morocco, Friday,in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Amid worries about jobs and extremism, millions of Moroccans voted Friday in parliamentary elections that will determine whether moderate Islamists will keep control of the government or lose power to a young rival party close to the powerful royal palace. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Prime Minister and leader of the Islamist Justice and Development Party, known as the PJD, Abdelilah Benkirane leaves after voting  for the parliamentary elections, in  Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Millions of Moroccans hit the voting booths, with worries about joblessness and extremism on many minds as they choose which party will lead their next government.(AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

    Prime Minister and leader of the Islamist Justice and Development Party, known as the PJD, Abdelilah Benkirane leaves after voting for the parliamentary elections, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Millions of Moroccans hit the voting booths, with worries about joblessness and extremism on many minds as they choose which party will lead their next government.(AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)  (The Associated Press)

The moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development has won Morocco's national elections, according to official results, despite frustration with its handling of the economy in its five years leading the government and a challenge from a party close to the royal palace.

The Interior Ministry said Saturday that the PJD won 125 of the 395 seats in the Chamber of Representatives. The Party of Authenticity and Modernity, founded by an adviser to the king, won 102 seats total.

No party won a majority, so the PJD will likely need to create a coalition government. The party won elections in 2011, riding a wave of Arab Spring protests demanding political reform.

Worries about youth joblessness and Islamic extremism were on many voters' minds.