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Morocco PM’s party wins election

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Morocco’s governing Islamists in the Justice and Development Party (PJD) have won the country’s parliamentary election.

With 90% of the votes counted, they have taken 99 seats, putting them ahead of their rival, the Authenticity and Modernity Party, which won 80 seats.

The PJD had said a second term would allow it to press ahead with its economic and social reforms.

This was Morocco’s second poll since it adopted constitutional reforms in 2011.

In third place is the conservative Istiqlal party with 31 seats.

Other parties took the remaining 305 seats contested, with another 90 being allotted to women and other candidates chosen proportionally from party lists.

Voter and election official at polling station in Rabat, 7 October 2016

Most executive power was vested in the king until 2011, when Mohammed VI agreed to turn the country into a constitutional monarchy in the wake of the Arab Spring protests across the region.

Although the king relinquished some of his powers as part of the constitutional reform, he is still the most powerful person in the country and chooses the prime minister from the winning party.

The PJD, led by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, has led a broad coalition since emerging as the biggest party in the 2011 election.

“The Moroccan people voted for PJD massively,” Mr Benkirane said, as his party won a second victory.

“The PJD has proven today that being serious and truthful … and being faithful to the institutions, especially the monarchy, is a winning currency.”

Turnout among the 16m electorate was 43%, according to Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad.

Woman walks past party symbols on a wall in Rabat, 7 October 2016

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Algeria: Bouteflika re-election suffers lack of endorsements from over 1000 lawyers

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Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika faces a tough challenge in his re-election bid after ruling for 20 years.



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A source confirmed that over 1000 lawyers has rejected to support his endorsement following to his health challenge which has kept him out of public. However, anti-Bouteflika has taken over the street last week, demanding his step-down.

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INEC declares Babajide Sanwo-Olu Governor-Elect as Saraki Congratulates Kwara Governor-elect

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The candidate of All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been declared the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday, March 9.



Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, made the declaration on Sunday at INEC’s collation centre in Yaba, Lagos.

In Kwara state, The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for emerging winner of the Kwara State governorship elections.

Mr Abdulrasaq won the March 9 elections with 331,546 to beat his closest rival, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Razaq Atunwa, who scored 114,754 votes.

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In a message on his official twitter page, Mr Saraki said “I thank all Kwarans, particularly PDP supporters, who worked for the party in the just concluded elections. My congratulations go to Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and all those who emerged at all levels. I wish them all the best,” He said.

Mr Saraki who is a former governor of the state, lost his re-election bid to represent the Kwara Central Senatorial district in the just concluded general elections.

The senate president lost to the APC candidate, Ibrahim Oloriegbe

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Meanwhile, Ezekiel Afon, a lawmaker representing Pengana Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly has died hours after he was re-elected to represent the constituency.

Mr Bashir Sati, the Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state confirmed the lawmaker’s death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos.

According to Sati, Afon died Sunday afternoon after a brief illness.

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