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Morocco's King Mohammed VI names new prime minister

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<p>Saad Eddine El Othmani is Morocco’s new prime minister.</p> <p>Othmani of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (<span class="caps">PJD</span>) was named on Friday by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.</p> <p>The king went on to ask the new prime minister to form a government. He replaces outgoing prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane.</p> <p>The appointment of the new prime minister comes after five months of talks on forming a coalition government ended in failure.</p> <p>Othmani was foreign minister from 2011-2013 and had since served as the head of the <span class="caps">PJD</span>’s parliamentary group. </p> <p>Under Morocco’s election law no party can win an outright majority in the 395-seat parliament, making coalition governments a necessity in a system where the king still holds ultimate power.</p>
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