By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco's ruling Islamist party on Friday faced a major test of its dominance as polls opened for local elections for which most opposition parties have campaigned on anti-corruption platforms and against privileges for the elite. The Interior Ministry said polls had opened without any hitches in the vote for 30,000 local council seats and nearly 700 regional assembly posts among nearly 30 parties. Morocco's Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) that leads the governing coalition held only a few towns in 2009 elections and Friday's vote will show to what extent they have made a difference at grassroots level after rising to power in the wake of the Arab Spring revolts.
U.S. stock futures fell and the dollar was little changed on Friday after data showed the U.S. economy created fewer jobs than expected last month, though the unemployment rate fell to a 7-1/2-year low. Non-farm payrolls increased 173,000 in August as the manufacturing sector lost the most jobs since July 2013, after an upwardly revised 245,000 rise in July, the Labor Department said. It was the smallest gain in employment in five months although it was enough to nudge the unemployment rate down to 5.1 percent from 5.3 percent in July.