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Constitutional Union, remaining seats, Moroccan government, new prime minister, RNI

Morocco has a multiparty political system. Most parties are aligned in three major groupings: The Wifaq bloc consists of pro-government rightist parties, such as the Constitutional Union (UC) and the National Rally of Independents (RNI); the Koutla bloc includes socialist opposition parties, such as the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP); and a third group is made up of centrist parties. In 1997 elections for the Chamber of Representatives, Koutla won 102 seats, Wifaq won 100, and the centrist bloc won 97. The remaining seats were won by independent parties, including the first Islamist parties to gain parliamentary representation. The USFP received the most votes of any single party, and the king appointed its leader as prime minister. Centrist and pro-government parties secured an overwhelming victory in the Chamber of Advisers. In March 1998 the new prime minister formed a coalition government, the first socialist-led Moroccan government.



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Constitutional Union, remaining seats, Moroccan government, new prime minister, RNI, coalition government, single party, independent parties, UC, elections, Morocco, leader, votes, king

 
 

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