Morocco's king names PJD chief as new prime minister: party official

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Posted: Oct 10, 2016 1:33 PM

RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco's King Mohammed on Monday named moderate Islamist party leader Abdelilah Benkirane as prime minister for a second term after his Justice and Development Party won the most seats in last week's parliamentary election, a senior party member said.

"I can confirm his majesty named him as the new prime minister," said Mustapha Ramid, outgoing justice minister and a senior PJD party official, after attending the nomination.

Naming Benkirane is the first step for him to form a government after PJD beat main rivals, the Authenticity and Modernity Party in the election on Friday. But the tight results may complicate his attempts to form a coalition.

(Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi; writing by Patrick Markey)