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Morocco elections begin

Under the watchful eye of US international observers, Moroccans begin voting in parliamentary elections that could see opposition Islamists emerging as the largest single party.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 09:58 September 7, 2007
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP
  • A woman supporter of the Islamist Justice and Development Party distributes national flags to residents in Casablanca ahead of parliamentary elections.

Casablanca: Moroccans began voting on Friday in parliamentary elections that could see opposition Islamists emerging as the largest single party.

Thirty-three parties are competing for seats and main opposition group Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD) is expected to do well.

PJD leaders have made reassurances that they would not turn Morocco into an Islamic state if they came to power.

Voting stations opened at 0800 GMT and are due to close at 1900 GMT.

International observers from the US group National Democratic Institute will be watching the electoral process.

Results are expected on Sunday but a new government will only be formed after several weeks.

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