Former Moroccan Prime Minister and former Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) Abdelillah Benkirane claimed that “something secret is being prepared” regarding the elections to be held on September 8.
Benkirane, in a live broadcast from his social media account, stated that he felt something secret was being prepared about the September 8 elections. “I do not know whether what is prepared will change the election results. But, I am sure that this is not in the interest of the country,” he expressed.
Benkirane said that he decided not to participate in the election preparations because he was not satisfied with some of his party’s policies, but that the developments pushed him to contribute to the election campaign.
“Elections in Morocco will not be a secondary issue. On the contrary, elections are fundamental, and citizens are given the opportunity to choose the side that will take responsibility once every five years. To Moroccans, vote considering who will be your prime minister tomorrow” he further stated.
Benkirane called on the Moroccan people to go and vote en masse, regardless of boycott calls.
The competition for the lead in the legislative elections is intensifying between the PJD, the leader of the government coalition, and the National Rally of Independents 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 Authenticity and Modernity and Istiqlal parties also appear on the political scene as an electoral force.
The last elections were held in 2016, in which the PJD came first with 125 seats out of 395, while Authenticity and Modernity came second with 102 seats, and Istiqlal came third with a total of 46 seats to replace them. Meanwhile, the National Rally of Independents was the fourth party with 37 seats.