UPDATE 2-Islamists win most seats in Moroccan vote

Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:15pm GMT

* Second Islamist party to benefit from Arab Spring uprisings

* PJD wins Moroccan vote with 107 of 395 seats (Adds background, reaction by opposition Islamists, vox pop)

By Souhail Karam

RABAT, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Morocco's moderate Islamist PJD party won the most seats in the country's parliamentary election, final results showed on Sunday, in the latest sign of a resurgence of faith-based movements since the Arab Spring uprisings.

The victory for Morocco's Justice and Development Party came a month after Tunisia handed power to a previously-banned party of moderate Islamists. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is also expected to do well in an election starting on Monday.

PJD, which will get its first chance to head a coalition government, has said it will promote Islamic finance but steer clear of imposing a strict moral code on a country that depends on tourism.

The party, whose deceased founder was a physician of King Mohammed's grandfather, is loyal to the monarchy and backs its role as the supreme religious authority in the country.

PJD won 107 seats in the 395-seat parliament, according to results from the interior ministry carried by the official MAP news agency.   Continued...

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