Voting in Morocco last week was largely free and fair, the country’s election observer body said Sunday, but it is investigating some cases of vote-buying and expressed concern about low turnout.
Almost 16 million Moroccan voters head to the polls Friday to elect a new legislature – the second such election to take place since the kingdom’s constitution came into force in 2011 following a national referendum.
The elections come five years after the Islamist-led government took office following protests inspired by the Arab Spring.
The moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development won the legislative election, beating out a party with close ties to the royal palace after an unusually hostile campaign.
The PJD, which has led a coalition government since it first won elections in 2011 on a wave of Arab Spring protests, is now working on building a new coalition with rival parties.