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A man walks in front of doors in a wall of Rabat’s Medina September 23, 2014. UNESCO made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a “must-see destination.”REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Rabat- This Saturday has witnessed the launching of the electoral campaign of the second parliamentary elections after enacting the new constitution. The political parties will compete on the 7th of October over the 395 seats in the parliament.

The legislative elections are being held amidst serious political tensions that are not restricted to competing political parties but extend to the state institutions.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) wants to win the elections for the second time and adds that it’s a targeted party because it has clean hands. On the contrary, the PJD rivals claim that PJD masters picturing itself as a victim.

However, the PJD succeeded in imposing its vision on the Moroccan political scene and dividing it into two groups: the first supports reforms represented in PJD and the second rejects it and supports control which is represented in the Authenticity and Modernity Party.

The most prominent event that took place on the political arena in Morocco recently was the strike held against the PJD few days before the commencement of the electoral campaign. This strike was received with sarcasm after some broadcasted videos showed that participants were deceived that this protest is to refuse terrorism and to show solidarity with a girl who has been raped.

Analysts wondered who might be the party benefiting from causing a gap in the Moroccan society and inciting a category of simple citizens against another.

The permission granted to the strike triggered a conflict between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice, which are supervising the elections’ process. Moroccan Minister of Justice and Liberties denounced his exclusion from the upcoming elections in Morocco; whilst the Interior Minister Mohamed Hasad called this a mere misunderstanding.