Rabat - The Executive Committee of the Istiqlal Party has decided Monday to leave the opposition benches and join forces with the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), its main political rival.
Rabat – The Executive Committee of the Istiqlal Party has decided Monday to leave the opposition benches and join forces with the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), its main political rival.
According to media reports, Istiqlal has decided to withdrawn from the opposition coalition, which also consists of the Party of Authenticity and Modernity party (PAM), the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and the Constitutional Union (UC).
The Istiqlal’s decision dubbed ‘historical’ is said to be due to its numerous divergences with other components of the opposition coalition, especially PAM.
The Istiqlal Party, led by Hamid Chabat, has also called for an extraordinary national assembly to approve the decision of the party’s Executive Committee.
The Party also announced that its secretary general would withdraw from the race to become president of the Fez-Meknes region.
The surprise move clears the way for his opponent from the governmental coalition, the secretary general of the Popular Movement party Mohand Laenser, to be elected president.
Chabat suffered a surprise defeat in local elections at his electoral bastion of Fez after results showed a surge in voter support for the Party of Justice and Development.
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