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Morocco’s newly-appointed premier says first consultations to form government will be with opposition PAM

Image of Morocco’s newly-appointed Prime Minister, Saad Eddine El-Othmani [PJD Press Office/Anadolu]
Image of Morocco’s newly-appointed Prime Minister, Saadeddine Othmani [PJD Press Office/Anadolu]

Morocco’s newly-appointed Prime Minister, Saad Eddine El-Othmani, said consultations to form the next government will begin with the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).

El-Othmani of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) said in remarks posted on the party’s website that he “will start consultations with all political parties represented in the parliament”.

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Outgoing Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane had previously excluded the PAM from consultations to form the government despite winning 102 seats in the parliament elections.

On Saturday, the Justice and Development Party welcomed the decision by King Mohammed VI to appoint El-Othmani as the new prime minister, succeeding Benkirane.

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