Moroccan king replaces PM

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has announced that he’s replacing the country’s prime minister, following a failure to form a coalition government.

A statement from the royal palace said that in order to break the current political deadlock, the king would appoint another member of the leading party – the PJD – as prime minister, replacing Abdelilah Benkirane.

The PJD won the most seats in parliamentary elections in October 2016.

It has failed to form a coalition despite five months of negotiations – the longest time Morocco has been without a government in recent history.