Morocco's ruling party loses out in the rural regions in local polls
Sept 5, Rabat: Morocco's ruling party has failed to secure seats from the rural regions of Morocco. According to local reports that although the ruling part 'The Islamic Party of Justice and Development has won te local polls in the urban areas of the country they lost out with PAM in the rural regions.
"The elections have been seen as an important test of the popularity of the government, which came into power after the pro-democracy demonstrations led to reforms, and face new parliamentary elections next year," a local news report stated.Some 30,000 local council seats and 700 regional council seats were contested by more than 140,000 candidates from at least 30 parties.
PJD took the most seats in the regional councils with 25 percent of the total, but fell short in the local councils, which are weighted towards rural areas.
PAM took 6,655 seats of the local councils, or 21 percent, while PJD won 17 percent and the conservative Istiqlal (Independence) Party took 5,106 seats, or 16 percent of the total.
The Oslo Times