Preliminary results from Morocco’s elections held on 25 November have resulted in the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) winning 80 of the 288 seats available in the 395 seat assembly.

It is almost double the 45 seats won by incumbent Prime Minister Abbas el Fassi’s Independence Party.

King Mohammed VI must now choose a prime minister from the PJD party according to the new constitution adopted in July this year.

Voter turnout was up at 45 per cent, compared to 37 per cent in the last election in 2007.

The interior ministry is expected to release final results on Sunday 27 November.