US News Local and legislative elections in Morocco: a ballot to many uncertainties
Morocco: The King names Aziz Akhannouch Head of Government
© Fadel Senna / AFP Morocco, RNI, Government has near the victory of its Liberal Party in the legislative elections at the expense of Islamists in power, the businessman Moroccan Aziz Akhannouch has been appointed Head of Government and responsible for training the new executive by King Mohammed VI. The monarch "received Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Royal Palace in Fez Mr. Aziz Akhannouch (...) that the Sovereign appointed Head of Government, and instructed him to form the new government,"
Moroccans are called upon to renew The House of Representatives in Rabat, and to designate municipal and regional advisers. From the majority party to the legislative members will come from the future head of the government, named by King Mohammed VI.
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One of the challenges of this ballot, it is the future of the lamp party: after ten years at the head of the government, is the page of the Islamists of the PJD in go from being turned? What will be the score of his opponent within the government coalition, the RNI of Aziz Akhannouche, Minister of Agriculture, one of the greatest fortunes of Morocco, close to the royal power.
elections in Morocco: The PJD heavily sanctioned by residents disappointed
© AFP - Fadel Senna The journalists follow the announcement of electoral results in Morocco, September 9, 2021. Aziz Akhannouche is, since Friday, September 10, the new head of government. The billionaire and Minister of Agriculture of the previous team, but also president of the National Independent Rally (RNI), was appointed to this position by King Mohammed VI.
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In addition, this year, the legislative elections, which are held every five years, fall at the same time as the elections communal and regional (every six years).
At the commune level, the PJD has so far led the country's largest cities. And there will be necessarily change in Casablanca - the largest, the most populated and the richest of Moroccan cities - since the outgoing mayor is not representing the communal council.
Other unknown: participation. Analysts expect it to be weak.
Does the legislative will benefit from the simultaneous organization of local elections? The challenges of proximity tend to mobilize, especially in small towns and villages where one votes for a known personality.
This is the first time in Morocco that the ballot is organized on a Wednesday, and not a Friday. The authorities therefore called on the employers to facilitate the vote of the employees to let them get away time to slip a newsletter into the ballot box.
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