Morocco oppn leader resigns
Morocco’s opposition chief has resigned to take responsibility for the troubles facing his Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), including last year’s election defeat, the party said. Ilyas El Omari’s party was beaten by the ruling Islamists in Morocco’s legislative polls in October, but more than doubled its number of seats in the new parliament. The PAM, formed in 2008 by a close adviser to the king, had poured enormous resources into a campaign criticising the government’s economic record. But party detractors accused the PAM of acting on behalf of the royal palace in a bid to weaken the Islamist Justice and Development Party which eventually came first with 125 seats out of 395 in the election.