Moroccan local elections: the results
- Parti authenticité et modernité – 21.7%
- Parti Istiqlal – 19.1%
- Rassemblement national des indépendants – 14.8%
- Union socialiste des forces populaires – 11.6%
- Mouvement populaire – 8%
So that’s that. Istiqlal and USFP has a past history in opposition, but seem to have tied their future very firmly to the mast of the monarchy since several years, while the rest of this lot are pure system parties, cogs in the patronage system who haven’t really bothered to develop an ideology even for show. The first party that could be characterized as ideological, and even somewhat oppositional, shows up at sixth place with 5.5%: PJD, the Islamist non-bogeyman. Participation officially stood at 52.4%, a very slight drop, but considerably higher than the parliamentary elections.
For further reading: some scattered party leader reactions, here; a piece on the PJD’s role, here; and a customarily gargantuan ibn Kafka post on the PAM kerfuffle in its proper historical & legal context, here.