Islamists beat liberals in Morocco elections

Rabat (AFP) - The Islamist party which has headed Morocco’s coalition government since Arab Spring-inspired protests five years ago has beaten liberal rivals in parliamentary elections, results showed Saturday.

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 125 seats out of 395, the interior ministry said after all ballots were counted.

Its main rival, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), which had campaigned against the “Islamisation” of Moroccan society, won 102 seats, the ministry said.

Istiqlal, the party which historically fought for independence from France, came third with 45 seats.

Does anyone have more to share about why the third party Istiqlal isn’t more popular? Thanks.

I’m not all too surprised, knowing the more Islam-captivated areas of the Muslim world. :shrug:

Not to be that guy, but isn’t that pretty much all of the Muslim world? Islam is a religion and a political philosophy, if I recall correctly, so an Islamist party is actually a little bit redundant. Feser goes into an absurd amount of detail on the subject. Takes a while, but worth the read.

So who are the moderate Islamists that the US is backing?

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