Morocco: After the PJD’s defeat in the legislative elections, the liberal Aziz Akhannouch in good position to become prime minister

Bitter defeat for the PJD and its leader Saâd-Eddine El Othmani, who loses his seat as deputy in Rabat and therefore, according to the Constitution, his post as Prime Minister. The PJD, in power for 11 years, is experiencing a real defeat because it will go from 125 to 13 seats in the next Chamber of Deputies. Vote the sanction after a decade on the market.

Observers had expected a loss of ground for the PJD, amid friction of power, voter disenchantment and reform of the electoral system, but not this fall. Despite the good management of the epidemic, the outgoing Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani and the PJD his party is paying for the paralysis of the economy that (re) plunged much of the population into poverty. Despite a massive vaccination campaign, tourism, food and crafts, as well as many other sectors, have been paralyzed for almost two years.

The National Rally of Independents (RNI), the liberal party, appears to be the winner of these legislative elections by winning 102 seats (against 60 in 2016), according to the latest results from the Moroccan press. The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), also liberal, occupies the 2nd place with 87 seats, followed by the strong growth of the Istiqlal Party (81 seats), the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP, 34 seats) … Dozens of small political parties share the remaining seats (out of 395 in the Assembly).

The participation rate (50.35%) in these legislative elections is higher than in 2016 (43%).

Political alliances between the parties will be needed to obtain the necessary majority of 198 seats. As provided for in the new Constitution (adopted in 2011), the Prime Minister appointed by the King will be appointed within the party that won the legislative elections. This gives decisive weight to the leader of the Rally Nacional dos Independentes, Aziz Akhannouch.

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This businessman and liberal businessman – one of the greatest fortunes in the kingdom is described “like someone close to the palace”. Minister of Agriculture since October 2007, Akhannouch successfully implemented the plan “Green Morocco” which allowed a strong increase in agricultural production and exports.

The next head of government will have the mission of bringing the country out of the economic and health crisis and launching structural reforms to make Morocco an emerging country by 2030, as recommended in a report released a few months before the elections.

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