Moroccans began voting this Wednesday morning for general elections that should determine the future of the Islamist PJD party in power for a decade.
The stakes are high during these general elections: to determine the future in power of the Islamist Party of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has ruled the country for a decade.
18 million voters are expected to vote to elect 395 deputies and more than 600 regional councilors. “Everyone to the polls!”, Calls the daily L’Economiste, for whom the turnout is the “real issue of today’s polls”. Participation had capped at 43% during the 2016 legislative elections.
The PJD led by Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani is aiming for a third consecutive term after his historic success in 2011 and his re-election in 2016. But the coronavirus pandemic has passed by and plunged the country into a severe economic and social crisis .