November 29, 2011 / 1:39 PM / 7 years ago

Morocco king names moderate Islamist as new PM

RABAT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Morocco’s King Mohammed on Tuesday appointed Abdelilah Benkirane as the new prime minister after his moderate Islamist PJD party won the most seats in a parliamentary election last week, an official source said.

“The king appointed today Justice and Development’s (PJD)secretary general Benkirane as prime minister. He (Benkirane) should now seek to form a government in coalition with other parties,” the source told Reuters.

The PJD won 27 percent of seats in the 395-member parliament, paving the way for its maiden role in government after the king advanced the election by close to a year to prevent a spillover into Morocco of Arab Spring uprisings. (Reporting By Souhail Karam)

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