The RNI at the head of the legislative elections, the PJD collapses - Jeune Afrique

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According to the partial results announced early this morning by the Ministry of the Interior, the National Rally of Independents (RNI) of Aziz Akhannouch leads the legislative elections. The outgoing majority party suffered a real collapse.

It is therefore the National Rally of Independents (RNI) of the Minister of Agriculture, businessman Aziz Akhannouch, which leads this great election day of September 8, which saw Moroccans renew their parliamentarians as well as their regional and municipal representatives. The RNI won, according to partial results covering 96% of the ballots counted, 97 seats in the new House of Representatives (which has 395), ahead of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM, 82 seats) and Istiqlal (78 deputies).

The participation rate reached 50,35%, which is better than during the legislative elections of 2016 (43%) but less well than for the local elections of 2015 (53%).

Possible coalition

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) of the Outgoing Prime Minister, Saadeddine El Othmani, for its part suffered a stinging defeat, going from 125 to 12 seats in the new assembly. The party has also denounced "serious irregularities" in the voting operations, which challenges the Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, who refers to a poll that took place "under normal circumstances". Mr. El Othmani, who was also running in the constituency of the Ocean, in Rabat, only came in fifth position.

It is now up to King Mohammed VI to appoint a new head of government, who should come from the ranks of the leading party. All eyes are therefore on Aziz Akhannouch, to whom WFP Secretary General Abdellatif Ouahbi has already sent congratulations. Information that elicits comments around a possible government coalition bringing together the RNI and the PAM.


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