Party of Renaissance and Virtue

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The Party of Renaissance and Virtue (French: Parti de la Renaissance et de la Vertu) is a political party in Morocco. It defines itself as moderate Islamist.


This party is a splinter group from the Justice and Development Party (PJD), initially founded on April 9, 2004 by Mohamed Khalidi, a founding member of the PJD and former member of its Political Bureau of the PJD, under the name Movement of Vigilance and Virtue, then formally organized as a political party on December 25, 2005.[1][2]

Coalition membership[edit]

Before the 2011 parliamentary elections it joined with 7 other Moroccan parties (National Rally of Independents, Authenticity and Modernity Party, Constitutional Union, Popular Movement, Socialist Party, Labour Party and Green Left Party) to form a "Coalition for democracy". Its purpose was "the formation of a great national coalition that will group the forces which adopted and triumphally support the society project for democracy and modernity".[3]

Political representation[edit]

In the parliamentary election, held on 7 September 2007, the party presented 59 candidates in 60% of the electoral districts, but won 1 out of 325 seats.[4] Its deputy for the legislature was former imam Abdelbarii Zemzami, a controversial figure who repeatedly emitted bizarre fatwas on the liceity of necrophilia or of masturbation and the use of sex toys by women.[5][6]

It is no longer represented in the new Assembly since the 2011 parliamentary election.


  1. ^ "Mohamed Khalidi : Fondateur du Parti PRV : Le fidèle mal récompensé". Gazette du Maroc (in French). 2 January 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Le mouvement islamiste se multiplie et se divise". L′Economiste (in French). 27 December 2005. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Guendouli., Akram (5 October 2011). "Huit partis politiques annoncent "la coalition pour la démocratie"". La Vie éco (in French). Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Kharroubi, Ali (31 August 2007). "Mohamed Khalidi, SG du PRV : "Tout dépendra de la notoriété et la crédibilité du candidat"". Aujourd’hui le Maroc (in French). Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Zemzami affiche le sérieux de sa candidature". Magharebia (in French). 7 September 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marruecos: polémica por "fatwa" que autorizó masturbación femenina". EFE Agency (in Spanish) (La Nación (Chile)). 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.