Tunisia: Secular Nidaa Tounes Wins Big, Islamist Ennahda Comes in Second

Oct. 31, 2014, 3:06 p.m.

Located in North Africa, Tunisia has a population of 10,937,521 with 5,285,136 registered voters.[i] The election on Sunday was the first for the Assembly of the Representatives of the People since the Arab Spring began in 2011 and deposed of President Zine El Abidine Ben ALI. It was also the first since the new constitution was ratified in January 2014. Preliminary results have the secular Nidaa Tounes party winning 85 seats or 39.71 percent of the vote, while the Islamist Ennahda party won 69 seats or 31.79 percent of the vote.[ii] Turnout was approximately 60 percent of registered voters and the election was peaceful.[iii] Ennahda conceded the election on Tuesday 28 October 2014.[iv] Final results are expected in the coming weeks.

[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2746/

[ii] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/world/africa/secularist-win-is-confirmed-in-tunisia.html?ref=world

[iii] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/10/27/tunisian-elections-bring-hope-in-uncertain-times/


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