Amid The Covid Pandemic, Morocco Prepares For Its Third Legislative Election

Amid The Covid Pandemic, Morocco Prepares For Its Third Legislative Election

Rabat, September 7 (TNA) Notwithstanding the Corona pandemic and the problems it has posed for people, the legislative elections would be in the spotlight on Wednesday as 18 million voters will exercise their franchise to elect the new lawmakers to the parliament.

This, as Morocco is readies to organize the third legislative elections in its history since the constitutional reform of 2011. On September 8, nearly 18 million voters will be called upon to nominate the 395 parliamentarians who will represent them in the National Assembly.

To this end, since 2011, the Moroccan constitution provides in particular that the head of government be appointed within the party that won the legislative elections.

At the polls, the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) should be the main political parties to compete for a majority in the House of Representatives. Whatever surprises may come from the RNI of minister and businessman Aziz Akhannouch or the historic Istiqlal party.

With the current Prime Minister of the government Saad Dine El Othmani at its head, the PJD, of Islamist ideology, will challenge its place as the country's leading party since the first legislative elections organized following the constitutional reform of 2011.

It should be remembered that the elections of September 8 will be the third consecration of the new Moroccan democracy resulting from the Arab Spring of the years 2010-2011. Taking advantage of this revolution which shook all the Maghreb countries, Morocco began an in-depth overhaul of its system of governance, which resulted in a relative rebalancing of powers, in particular by reducing the king's prerogatives.

To this end, since 2011, the Moroccan constitution provides in particular that the head of government be appointed within the party that won the legislative elections. In addition, the power of the Moroccan prime minister, although still limited, has grown over the past 10 years, giving him more and more leeway, for example in the appointment of most public officials.

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