Arab Spring

Moroccan king, in rare move, ousts designated prime minister

In a highly unusual move, Morocco's king ousted the designated prime minister in an effort to settle a five-month deadlock over forming a new government.

A surprise palace statement late Wednesday announced that King Mohammed VI had removed Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Islamist party PJD that won last year's parliamentary elections, from his duties.

"The king extolled, on several occasions, the designated prime minister to accelerate the creation of a new government," the statement said The king is expected to name another member of the Party for Justice and Development to replace Benkirane.

The PJD won the October election, but didn't get enough...

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