In a few weeks, Morocco will hold parliamentary elections to decide who will lead the government for the next five years, as fierce competition is expected between the country’s political parties. The Justice and Development Party (PJD), which heads the government coalition, is expected to win a third term.
Moroccan political parties will compete for the votes of more than 15,746,000 registered voters, with no party intending to boycott the elections scheduled for September 8, which will be held given the repercussions of the coronavirus epidemic.
For the first time in Moroccan history, the PJD is leading the government coalition for a second term, after winning the 2011 and 2016 elections.
The PJD, which won 125 of the 395 seats in the country’s last legislative elections, has chosen the slogan “Credibility, Democracy, Development” for its current electoral campaign, while asserting that its platform “aims to endorse the system of governance and pursue associated structural reforms. . “
PJD General Secretary Saadeddine Othmani, who is also the head of government, said in press releases that “the party has managed to accumulate significant successes in political participation… because it has restored confidence, integrity and trust in political work. “
In turn, the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), which is the largest right-wing opposition party, is preparing to participate in the elections and aspiring to take the lead.
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PAM Secretary General Abdellatif Wehbe announced that his party had a good chance of winning while stressing “the possibility of achieving this ambition through hard work and effective communication with the Moroccan people”.
The PAM came in second place in the 2016 legislative elections, after securing 102 seats in parliament.
As the elections approach, the Left Independence Party is experiencing unprecedented dynamism within the party, following the resignation of former Secretary General Hamid Chabat.
Some have linked Chabat’s resignation to internal bickering, after his current secretary general, Nizar Baraka, refused to recommend his predecessor to run in local elections in the district of Fez.
The party, which joined the opposition in the middle of the previous government’s term (2011-2016), aspires to win a large number of votes.
In previous media statements, Baraka has said Morocco needs a government that enjoys credibility and popular support through strong citizen involvement in the upcoming elections, while calling on Moroccans to vote.
The center-right National Rally of Independents (RNI), which is part of the government coalition, has revealed its willingness to participate in the legislative elections.
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The RNI, founded 42 years ago, seeks to lead the next government with the support of businessmen. It is described as being “close to the king’s palace”.
“The National Rally of Independents presented ministers who achieved excellent results in all productive sectors,” party leader Aziz Akhannouch said at a party event.
Akhannouch added that his party is focused on projects that would enable the agricultural, commercial, industrial, tourism and fishing industries to achieve unprecedented prosperity.
The RNI came fourth in the 2016 legislative elections, winning 37 seats.
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