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The loyalist Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) has begun a concerted effort to refurbish its image, which was tainted in 2011 by allegations that it was corrupting political life. The party – founded in 2008 by Fouad Ali al-Himma, a former deputy minister of interior who was unofficially in charge of security issues – is trying to present itself as an alternative to the current opposition parties, notably the Istiqlal Party and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP). The party is showing a more mature and responsible attitude in its dealings with the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD), unlike the USFP and Istiqlal, both of which have recently focused their energy on one public squabble with the PJD after another. Reeling from the sharp blows it received in 2011, the PAM has since sought to rehabilitate its image, reshape itself and redefine its priorities.Bakouri was successful in mending the internal divisions within the PAM – especially between those who had joined from leftist parties and the members who had been local notables or in smaller loyalist parties – as well as in rethinking its political agenda.Since Bakouri became head of the PAM, the party's stance toward Islamists has become increasingly less confrontational, even as both Istiqlal and the Socialist Union have become more stridently anti-PJD.
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