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Tunisia to elect post-uprising parliament by March

By Tarek Amara / Reuters TUNIS: Tunisians are likely to vote for their first full post-revolutionary parliament in just under a year’s time, a government official told Reuters on Saturday. Since elections that followed the overthrow of the autocrat Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, an uprising that sparked revolutions across the region, Tunisia has been governed by …


Islamists claim lead in landmark Tunisia vote

TUNIS: Tunisia’s main Islamist party claimed Monday to have captured about 40 percent of the vote in the country’s first free polls, as the cradle of the Arab Spring basked in praise for its democratic revolution. Official results were only due Tuesday but provisional results released by some media outlets appeared to confirm Ennahda’s prediction …


Huge turnout in Tunisia’s Arab Spring election

TUNIS: Tunisian voters poured into polling stations to vote on Sunday in their country’s first free election, 10 months after a vegetable seller set fire to himself in an act of protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings. The leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled …


Tunisia can again be Arab Spring pioneer with elections: UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief Sunday called on Tunisia, the first country to free itself from entrenched regimes during the Arab Spring movement, to once again pioneer the path forward to full democracy when it holds elections for a constituent assembly this Sunday. “Free and fair elections are just the first step. The new …


Final day of campaigning for Tunisian elections

TUNIS: Campaigning closes in Tunisia Friday, two days before its first democratic elections, with a formerly banned Islamist party poised to dominate an assembly that will pave the way for a new government. Nine months after the ouster of strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolt that sparked region-wide pro-democracy uprisings, more …


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