A handout picture released on March 17, 2017 by the Moroccan Royal Palace shows Moroccan King Mohammed VI (R) meeting with new Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani in Casablanca.AFP / Moroccan Royal Palace / STRINGER
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Morocco's king Friday appointed a new prime minister to end a political deadlock that left the North African country without a government for five months, the royal court said.King Mohammad VI named Saadeddine Othmani, a former foreign minister who belongs to the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), to form a new government.Othmani will replace Abdelilah Benkirane, who had been previously asked by the king to form a new government after his PJD won the most seats in elections in October 2016 .The palace announced Thursday that the king had decided to appoint another PJD member to lead the government "within the shortest possible time".
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