October 28, 2011

Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party An-Nahda, banned for decades, emerged as the official victor in the nation’s first free elections, taking 90 of 217 seats in an assembly that will write a new constitution. Second with 30 seats in Sunday’s vote was the Congress for the Republic party, founded in 2001 by human rights activist Moncef Marzouki, a doctor who lived in exile in Paris. The third-placed party was the centre-left Ettakatol, or the Democratic Forum for Labour and Freedoms, led by Mustapha Ben Jaafar, also a doctor. It won 21 seats in the constituent assembly.

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