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Sunday, November 27, 2011

PJD Has Largest Number of Seats in Moroccan Parliament

The Party of Justice and Development (PJD in its French acronym) has won 80 of the 395 seats in the Moroccan Parliament, according to preliminary results. Though well below the margin of Al-Nahda's plurality in Tunisia, under Morocco's new reforms it will give the PJD the right to lead the government, though obviously in coalition. PJD leader Abdelilah Benkirane will presumably be Prime Minister. I'll have more as information firms up. Egypt's first round starts Monday. Note that the PJD has been a major player for some time, and this is not a huge surprise.

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