Can Morocco’s Islamists Survive the Current Political Impasse?

Can Morocco’s Islamists Survive the Current Political Impasse?
Abdelilah Benkirane, Morocco's prime minister and the leader of the Islamist Justice and Development Party, or PJD, casting his ballot for parliamentary elections, Rabat, Oct. 7, 2016 (AP photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar).

Almost five months after Morocco’s leading Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party, or PJD, won a plurality in legislative elections, the country still does not have a government. In a region where Islamists in power are the exception—and whose political experiments, when they were in power, were short-lived—the PJD appeared well on its way toward a second term at the helm of the Moroccan government. But unlike past years, the task of building a coalition has proven difficult, if not impossible at this point. The usual coalition parties, all too eager in the past to join the government in […]

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