Morocco ruling party comes first in regional vote

Morocco ruling party comes first in regional vote
# 05 September 2015 21:28 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Morocco's ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) has won regional elections nearly four years after coming to power in the North African country, APA reports quoting Press TV.
Results showed on Saturday that Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's PJD managed to garner 25.6 percent of 678 seats in regional councils.
The ruling party won the first place in five of Morocco's 12 regions, including in Casablanca, Rabat and Fez that have large populations.
The faction was followed by the opposition Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) that won 19.4 percent of the seats.
Lauding the PJD’s strong performance, Abdelali Hamieddine, a senior official with the party, said, “These results confirm the confidence of the Moroccan people in the work of the government.”
However, the PJD trailed the PAM in the municipal polls that were held at the same time with the regional elections on Friday.
The PAM came first in the municipal vote with 21.1 percent of 31,503 seats, while the PJD came third with 15.9 percent.
Analysts viewed Friday's double elections as an indicator of the political climate ahead of a general election in 2016. Morocco's Justice and Charity movement as well as the far-leftist party Democratic Path boycotted the local polls.