Rabat - Idris Lachgar, the leader of the Moroccan political party called the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, accused the American ambassador to Rabat of meddling in the 2011 elections in favor of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) - the central party in the ruling coalition.
Rabat – Idris Lachgar, the leader of the Moroccan political party called the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, accused the American ambassador to Rabat of meddling in the 2011 elections in favor of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) – the central party in the ruling coalition.
Lachgar spoke on Wednesday at a meeting organized by a local association in Sale, Rabat’s sister city, a report by Alyaoum24 said.
“The American ambassador was not neutral and we know with whom he used to sit, but we were scared for our country in 2011,” the politician said, referring to the year the new constitution was enacted at the King Mohammed VI’s initiative after Moroccans participated in Arab Spring protests. “We didn’t want to ruin everything.”
On election day – November 25th, 2011 – the PJD closed its offices at 8 p.m. without a speech discussing the party’s big wins, Lachgar said, wondering how his rival party won 107 seats in the parliament, when its leaders expected to win no more than 70 total.
As Moroccan authorities counted votes in the days following the elections, Aljazeera reported that the PJD worried that electoral fraud could keep it out of power, though the party’s massive wins dismissed those concerns.
Matteo Mecacci, an Italian election watchdog, said there were “no indications” of fraud in the 2011 elections.
Lachgar, officially the First Secretary of the USFP, made the allegations against the United States and the leading Moroccan party just months before the parliamentary elections scheduled for October this year. He said his party would win the most seats in the House of Representatives if the elections were not “rigged” and controlled by American interests.
The leader added that elections on September 4th of last year were not fair either. Lashkar claims that the PJD maintains a database of 300,000 voters that the party used to its advantage during the last elections and urged the interior ministry to review the situation for irregularities and possible electoral law violations.
When asked about the king’s invitation to the political parties to not question the results, Lashkar said “The King does not know everything…and we have to explain the truth.”