RABAT - A bid by the moderate Islamist party PJD to finalize the
line-up of a power-sharing cabinet
in Morocco has been held up, mainly by opposition from King
Mohammed's circle, sources said on Friday.
PJD (Justice and Development)
won most seats in a Nov. 25
election which the king had brought forward by nearly
a year in an effort to stave off the revolts sweeping the
King Mohammed then appointed PJD leader Abdelilah Benkirane
as prime minister-designate, allowing him to start talks
with coalition partners for a new government.
The election followed reforms proposed by the palace to
narrow the king's sweeping powers in favor of
elected officials in
response to protests pressing for a British or Spanish-style