Morocco oppn leader re­signs

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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