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Vol 57 No 21

Published 21st October 2016


Morocco

Premier Benkirane is back

The Islamist PJD won the most votes in this month's elections but it faces some hard bargaining to form another coalition

It should have been a dramatic general election on 7 October, pitting the Islamist-led government's record of social conservatism and economic stagnation against a Westernised liberal and managerial alternative. In fact, voters again favoured the country's biggest Islamist party, although with a smaller margin than before. With a population of 40 million-plus, just 43% of Morocco's 15.7 million registered electors turned out. That's 10% fewer than voted in local elections a year ago and reflects the disillusion with mainstream politics.

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