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Morocco gets new Islamist-led government

January 03, 2012


This picture taken on November 26, 2011 shows Abdelilah Benkirane, general secretary of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) raising his fist as he arrives at the party's headquarters in Rabat. Moroccan King Mohamed VI on January 3, 2012 named a new government led by moderate Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, an official told AFP. -AFP Photo

RABAT: The Moroccan state news agency reports that the king has accepted the cabinet proposed by the country's new prime minister.

The Islamist Justice and Development Party, that won most of the votes in the November poll, took 11 of 31 cabinet posts, including foreign affairs, justice, and transportation and communication.

The party has long been in the opposition and won the most votes in the election on a platform to combat corruption and bring social justice.

While a new constitution gives the new Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane unprecedented powers, the king still holds final veto over any of his decisions.