It comes a month after the moderate Islamist Ennahda party won elections in nearby Tunisia.
The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women, in a country which attracts large numbers of Western tourists.
Historian and political analyst Maati Monjib told the Associated Press that Moroccans linked Islam and political dignity.
“There is a big problem of dignity in the Arab world and the people see the Islamists as a way of getting out of the sense of subjugation and inferiority towards the West.
Islamist Party Wins Majority Of Seats In Morocco Election
RABAT, Morocco – Morocco’s Interior Ministry says an Islamist party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections and is set to lead the next government.
Announcing final results Sunday, the ministry said the Justice and Development Party has taken 107 seats in the 395-seat legislature following the nationwide vote two days earlier.
The PJD — known by its French initials — is the latest Islamist party to win an election brought about by the Arab Spring. The right-of-center Istiqlal, a potential ally for the PJD, placed second with 60 seats.