Setback for Moderate Muslims In Morocco

In elections held last week in Morocco, the Justice and Development Party did not attain the number of seats he expected to win coming in with 47 compared to the Old Guard Nationalist Istiqlal party which obtained 52. The Istiqlal will continue old parties rather than seeking to reform the economy and stimulate economic development. Voters may have been effected by recent bombings in neighboring Algeria where a new group, AlQaeda of North Africa has emerged. Algerian authorities are concerned because the new group indicates terrorism has shifted from local Algerian sources to people coming from all parts of the Arab world.

The Justice and Development party of Morocco was attempting to emulate the Turkish Justice and Development party be focusing on stimulating the economy and creating the basis for economic development. For some reason, Moroccan voters were tuned out to elections.