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Moroccan conservative Istiqlal party wins parliamentary elections
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09:19, September 09, 2007

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The Moroccan conservative Istiqlal ( independence) Party won the biggest number of seats in the 325-seat House of Representatives in parliamentary elections, the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) reported on Saturday.

Interior Minister Chakib Benmoussa said during a press conference that provisional figures showed that the Istiqlal party, the oldest party in Morocco has gained 52 seats.

The moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) garnered 47 seats and the Popular Movement (MP) whose electorate comes mostly from rural Berber areas, 43 seats, Benmoussa said.

Ahead of the elections, international media and some political analysts predicted that rival opposition party PJD would achieve a landslide victory.

Benmoussa said the turnout was just 37 percent, the lowest in Morocco's history.

Source: Xinhua

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