March 15, 2017 / 10:36 PM / in 8 months

Morocco's king replaces PM Benkirane amid post-election deadlock -statement

RABAT, March 15 (Reuters) - Moroccan King Mohammed VI is replacing Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and will ask another member of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) to form a government after five months of post-election deadlock, a statement from the royal cabinet said on Wednesday.

The king took the decision “in the absence of signs that suggest an imminent formation” of a government, and due to “his concern about overcoming the current blockage” in political negotiations, the royal statement said. (Reporting by Samia Errazouki; writing by Aidan Lewis, editing by G Crosse)

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