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Morocco's King Names El-Otmani as New Premier to End Deadlock

  • Predecessor Benkirane ousted after failing to form government
  • El-Otmani is former foreign minister, member of PJD party
Saaddine el-Otmani in 2012.

Saaddine el-Otmani in 2012.

Photographer: Od Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Morocco’s king named Saaddine el-Otmani as the new prime minister, after his predecessor was fired this week for failing to form a coalition government five months after parliamentary elections.

King Mohammed VI tasked el-Otmani, a member of the same Islamist PJD party as the ousted Abdelilah Benkirane, with forming a new government, according to a palace statement carried by the state-run news agency MAP on Friday. The new prime minister was Morocco’s foreign affairs minister in 2011 when the party came to power.