Morocco votes in test for Islamist government

A Moroccan man shows the mark on his thumb after casting his vote at a polling station in Rabat on September 4, 2015About 15 million people were eligible to vote in the municipal and regional polls, considered a gauge of the popularity of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and his government, a year ahead of a general election. Polling stations closed at 1800 GMT and first results were expected later Friday. In 2011, Benkirane’s Justice and Development Party (PJD) became the North African country’s first Islamist party to win a national election, and the first to lead a government.

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