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Morocco’s king appoints billionaire Akhannouch to head government after election win

Morocco’s king has appointed a billionaire to head the government after the election win.

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Morocco’s king has appointed a billionaire to head the government after the election win.

Morocco’s King Mohammad has won majority votes in parliament after thrashing the Islamists party in parliament. The king appointed Akhannouch “head of the government and tasked him with forming a new government.”

The RNI won 102 of parliament’s 395 seats, trouncing the moderate PJD Islamists, which had headed the governing coalition for a decade but took just 13 seats, according to results released by the interior ministry.

His party is considered close to the palace and has been part of all coalition governments for the past 23 years, except during a brief period between 2012 and 2013. The economy shrank by 7.1 % in 2020 and the poverty rate shot up to 11.7 % during the lockdown, the Moroccan statistics institute said in April.

Akhannouch’s party also came first in the local elections, winning 9,995 of the 31,503 seats, and the regional poll with 196 of the 678 positions.

Swept to power in the wake of the 2011 uprisings around the Middle East and North Africa, the PJD had hoped to secure a third term leading a ruling coalition.

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