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The King of Morocco appoints new Prime Minister


Moroccan foreign minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani addresses a press conference with his German counterpart (unseen) at the foreign ministry in Berlin on November 23, 2012. The two ministers discussed the ongoing hostilities in Syria and expressed hope for the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has appointed Saad Eddine Othman as the country’s new Prime minister in an effort to end a political deadlock that left the North African country without a government for five months.

The King appointed the new Head of Government in conformity with the constitution, and tasked him with forming the new government, a statement by the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced, according to Morocco World News.

Saad Eddine El Othmani, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), will replace Abdelilah Benkirane as prime minister with another member of the PJD in an effort to break a five-month post-election deadlock.

Othmani was foreign minister from 2011-2013 and had since served as the head of the PJD’s parliamentary group.

According to AFP, PJD party failed after last October’s polls to form a government despite five months of intense negotiations; the longest time Morocco has been without a government in its recent history. The palace announced on Thursday that the king had decided to appoint another PJD member to lead the government “within the shortest possible time”.

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