After leading the election results in 2011 and 2016 and running the Moroccan government for 10 years, the ruling Justice and Development Party in Morocco suffered a resounding defeat, after the National Rally of Independents party won the parliamentary elections with 97 seats, as a result of 96% of the votes counted.
The National Rally of Independents is a liberal party participating in Saadeddine El Othmani’s government.
The defeat of the AKP
The Justice and Development Party (leader of the outgoing government coalition) ranked 8 with 12 seats, in addition to 12 seats distributed among 12 other parties.
Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit announced the results late on Wednesday night, and his conference was broadcast on state television, confirming that the National Rally of Independents, a liberal party participating in Saad Eddine El Othmani’s government, won 97 seats after 96% of the votes were counted.
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The Authenticity and Modernity Party (the largest opposition party) ranked second in the elections, achieving 82 seats, followed by the Istiqlal Party (opposition) with 78 seats, and the Socialist Union (a leftist participant in the outgoing government coalition) with 35 seats.
The Popular Movement Party (participating in the outgoing government coalition) ranked fifth with 26 seats, then the Progress and Socialism Party (opposition) with 20 seats, and the Constitutional Union Party (participating in the outgoing government coalition) with 18 seats.
The Justice and Development Party had spoken of “serious violations” in the elections.
Saad Eddine El Othmani loses his parliamentary seat in Rabat
Saad Eddine El Othmani, the (outgoing) Moroccan Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party, failed to retain his parliamentary seat in the “Rate Al-Moheet” constituency in the elections.
According to data announced by the governorate of Rabat, on Thursday morning, Nabil Ben Abdullah, Secretary-General of the “Progress and Socialism” party (left-wing opposition), was also unable to win a seat in the same constituency, “The Surrounding Rabat” (4 seats), according to Anatolia.
Al-Othmani’s list ranked fifth, while bin Abdullah’s list ranked eighth.
Saad El-Din El Othmani expressed his party’s surprise at not handing over to his party’s representatives voting records in a significant number of districts and regions, stressing his rejection of this.
El Othmani said in a press statement late on Wednesday/Thursday night that the failure to hand over the voting records to party representatives “does not make it possible to ascertain the real results of the electoral process.”
“Originality and contemporary”
The Moroccan opposition Party of Authenticity and Modernity considered that it achieved very positive results in the elections, and was able to maintain the second place despite the difficult circumstances it went through due to “organizational differences.”
This came according to a statement made by Abdel Latif Wahbi, the party’s Secretary-General, after the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on Wednesday were announced, which were published on the “Authenticity and Modernity” website.
And the “Authenticity and Modernity” came in second place with 82 seats in the House of Representatives (the first chamber of parliament – 395), according to non-final official results.
Wehbe confirmed that the party “will meet in the coming days to evaluate the results of these elections and take a decision, pending the appointment of King Mohammed VI as prime minister.”
He said that Morocco “has become a model in the Arab world in building democracy and practicing politics.”
He pointed out that “access to this model came thanks to King Mohammed VI’s keenness to adhere to the constitutional dates of the electoral process and adhere to the democratic path, despite the circumstances imposed by the Corona pandemic.”
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