Rabat - The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) achieved a historic victory over his arch-rival the Istiqlal Party, led by its controversial leader, Hamid Chabat, mayor of Fez.
Rabat – The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) achieved a historic victory over his arch-rival the Istiqlal Party, led by its controversial leader, Hamid Chabat, mayor of Fez.
Election official have finished counting ballots at a polling stations in several cities across Morocco, including Fez.
The Initial results reveal that the PJD, the leader of the coalition government, has achieved landslide victory in Fez over the Istiqlal party.
Alyaoum24 quoted sources as saying that PJD secured over 31 seats in Fez Sais, giving the party a slender majority. Istiqlal party, on the other hand, ended up second with 22 seats.
Following the release of these initial figures, Hamid Chabat who has been the mayor of Fez since 2003, expressed his anger saying these results must have been “forged.”
“PJD’s massive winning of most seats in Fez is a national disaster,” he told Alyaoum24 adding that there must be “several violations and cases of fraud behind these results.”
Moroccans cast their votes on Friday in local polls seen as a test for the ruling Islamists, who came to power nearly following the adoption a new constitution in Morocco in July 2011.
The local elections are the first since the new constitution by virtue of which King Mohammed VI devolved some of his powers to the head of government.
The PJD has been at the helm of a few towns since the last local election in 2009. It achieved a huge success during this election despite being criticized by Moroccans for poor opportunities and a lack of jobs, issues that have been catalysts for social unrest elsewhere in North Africa.