Morocco gets new Islamist-led government

AP , Tuesday 3 Jan 2012

Moroccan king accepts new cabinet, Islamists take 11 of 31 ministerial posts

Morocco
Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane (Photo: Reuters)

The Moroccan state news agency reports that the king has accepted the cabinet proposed by the country's new prime minister.

The Islamist Justice and Development Party, that won most of the votes in the November poll, took 11 of 31 cabinet posts, including foreign affairs, justice, and transportation and communication.

The party has long been in the opposition and won the most votes in the election on a platform to combat corruption and bring social justice.

While a new constitution gives the new Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane unprecedented powers, the king still holds final veto over any of his decisions.

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