Moroccan Elections: Same Old, Same New

Morocco’s parliamentary elections, which took place on September 8, 2021, marked the defeat of the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD). Winning only 13 of the total 395 seats in Parliament, the party lost its position as Head of Government to the National Rally of Independents (RNI). According to Abdallah Saaf, Senior Fellow at the Moroccan think tank Policy Center for the New South, the Islamists’ stinging setback may have been particularly severe, but real political change is likely to be limited.


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