Supporters of Morocco's Democratic Independence Party pass out campaign leaflets in the city of Tifelt, on the outskirts of the capital, Rabat, on October 5, 2016, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election. / AFP / FADEL SENNA
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Morocco will elect a parliament Friday for the first time since an Islamist-led government took office following Arab Spring uprisings that toppled leaders across the region. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) came to power in 2011 after swelling protests prompted concessions from King Mohammad VI, the scion of a monarchy that has ruled the North African country for 350 years.The PJD accuses its rival of being the party of the palace, part of a shadowy "parallel state" controlling political life.The decisive clout in Morocco remains in the hands of King Mohammad VI – regardless of who is in government.The former preacher was pardoned in 2012 and is running for Istiqlal, a nationalist party.The Casablanca bombings prompted authorities to arrest some 8,000 people, many of them Salafists.
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