Abbas El Fassi, leader of a secular political party in Morocco, has been named Prime Minister of Morocco. El Fassi's party, conservative-leaning Istiqlal, won the greatest number of seats in parliamentary elections this month, coming out ahead of an Islamic party that had been widely expected to win. King Mohammed VI received El Fassi at the royal palace and named him prime minister.
The new prime minister replaces Driss Jettou who had served since 2002. The Istiqlal party won 52 of 325 seats in the September elections and became the largest party in parliament. El Fassi is expected to bring continuity in the country's overall direction by strengthening close ties with the United States, and continuing Morocco’s commitment to boost tourism figures.