Both the ruling party and the opposition parties in Morocco are not willing to form an electoral alliance, just days before the general and local elections planned to be held on September 8.
Technocrats, on the other hand, use this uncertainty between the parties to get a “share of the pie” before the elections, which will determine the parameters of the government to be established, and in an environment where it seems impossible to form an alliance.
The competition for the lead in the legislative elections is intensifying between the Justice and Development Party (PJD), the leader of the government coalition, and the National Rally of Independents (RNI) led by the Minister of Agriculture and businessman Aziz Akhannouch, who aspires to break the former’s dominance on the political scene for two consecutive terms.
The parties of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) and Istiqlal also appear on the political scene as an electoral force.
The current coalition government consists of PJD (125 deputies), RNI (37 deputies), People’s Movement (27 deputies), Socialist Union (20 deputies), and Constitutional Union (23 deputies).
PAM (102), Independence Party (46), Progress and Socialism (12), Left Federation (2 deputies) are on the opposition. Opposition parties, who want to find a place in the government, make statements showing that they are open to all kinds of possibilities regarding an alliance.
Although there were signs of unification among the PAM, Istiqlal, and Progress and Socialism last July, there was a difference of opinion on whether this was an alliance or coordination.
While the Istiqlal Party described this situation as coordination, the Progress and Socialism Party tended to see it as an alliance.
In a written statement on August 27, the Ministry of Interior announced that a total of 6,815 candidates, from political parties and independent candidates, applied for the elections, in which 395 deputies would be determined.