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Morocco’s PJD says vote results ‘setback’ to democracy

PJD won only 13 seats in last week’s parliamentary elections

Morocco’s PJD says vote results ‘setback’ to democracy Mustapha El Khalfi of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) gives a press conference in the headquarters of Justice and Development Party (PJD) as coalition government formation process continues in Rabat. ( FILE PHOTO - Anadolu Agency )

RABAT, Morocco

Morocco’s long-ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) said Sunday that last week’s parliamentary elections were marred by “violations”.

In a statement, the PJD National Council said the vote results were a “setback” to Morocco’s democratic path.

The statement condemned what it described as “violations” during the polls, citing amendments of the election laws and vote-buying.

The party said the election results did not reflect the political map in Morocco nor the free will of the voters.

The PJD said it will organize the party's general congress by the end of October to elect new leadership for the party.

The PJD won only 13 seats in the 395-seat parliament, far behind the National Rally of Independent (RNI), the Authenticity and Modernity Party (RAM) and the Istiqlal Party, which won 102, 86, and 81 seats respectively.

On Sept. 10, King Mohammed VI tasked NRI Secretary-General Aziz Akhannouch with forming a new government.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar in Ankara

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