Abdelilah Benkirane, secretary-general of Morocco's Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) speaks during a new conference at the party's headquarters in Rabat, Morocco early October 8, 2016. (REUTERS Photo)
RABAT, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane announced here on Saturday that "democracy won in Moroccan elections" as his Justice and Development Party (PJD) won Friday's parliamentary elections.
After counting more than 90 percent of the votes, PJD won 99 seats followed by its main rival PAM with 80 seats, Moroccan Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad told a press briefing early Saturday.
"The Moroccan people voted for PJD massively, and democracy won in the elections," Benkirane told a huge crowd of his supporters following the announcement of the initial results.
"The PJD has proven today that being serious and truthful...and being faithful to the institutions, especially the monarchy, is a winning currency," he said.
Initial results also showed that all PJD ministers got seats in the elections.
The Istiqlal party, the oldest party in the country, won 31 seats.
Around 15.7 million Moroccans were registered to vote in these elections, but the voter turnout stood at 43 percent.
Some 4,000 national and international observers have been accredited to monitor the parliamentary elections in Morocco.