The people of Morocco had an opportunity to vote and about 45% decided to experiment with the concept of voting in an election. The end result was a victory for moderate Muslims whose Justice and Development Party(PJD) gained 88 seats in the 365 seat parliament. As the party which secured the largest number of votes it can get first crack at forming a government. Its leaders gaze westward to the Justice and Development Party of Turkey which have found a way to focus on economic development, be devout Muslims and still allow secular groups to enjoy freedom of religion.
Finance Minister Salaheddine Mezlouar has formed a coalition of more secular groups and awaits what happens to the Muslim bid to assume control of government. PJD leaders emphasize their model is Turkey which has found a way to bridge the gap between modernity and religion. Hopefully, they continue on that path toward an open society.