In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, Nabila Mounib, leader of the Federation of the Democratic Left, speaks during campaign stop in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
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The polls have just closed, and Nabila Mounib is surrounded by activists who take selfies with her and wish her luck.Mounib, a 56-year-old endocrinology professor, is Morocco's most high-profile female politician.Morocco ranks 97th out of 145 countries on the gender gap in politics, according to the World Economic Forum.Despite the hopes raised by the Arab Spring five years ago, women in the region still hold only 17.6 percent of seats in Parliament, the second-lowest score in the world.In this election, Mounib's Unified Socialist Party is allied with two others to form the Federation of the Democratic Left.Mounib grew up in Casablanca as the seventh of nine children.Morocco does not allow polling during campaigns, so Mounib has no idea how she is doing.However, Emna Ma al-Ainaine, an Islamist candidate, dismisses the Federation as marginal and claims Mounib comes off as elitist.The two seats fall far short of the 10 to 12 Mounib had hoped for.
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