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November 26, 2011 5:42 pm

Morocco Elections Likely to Bring Islamist Party to Power

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Abdelilah Benkirane general secretary of the Justice and Development Party. Photo: Lam19.

WSJ – A victory by the Justice and Development Party in Morocco’s first parliamentary elections since Arab Spring-inspired constitutional changes looked set to make Morocco the second Arab country this year to bring a moderate Islamist party into power.

The party, known as the PJD, had won 80 seats in Morocco’s 395-seat parliament with two-thirds of the votes counted Saturday night. The ruling Independence Party garnered only 45 seats.

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