Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party has been confirmed as the winner of the country’s first free election following its revolution. The election commission said the party had won 90 seats in the 217-seat assembly.
Outside the Ennahda’s headquarters in the capital Tunis there were celebrations for the political group banned under Ben Ali’s regime.
Despite falling short of an absolute majority, Ennahda did win three times the amount of seats of its closest rival, secularist party Congress for the Republic.
Leader of Ennahda Rachid Ghannouchi spoke to supporters outside the headquarters:“This day is a day of victory. This day is a day of pride. This day is a day of humility. This is the day when Tunisians spoke with one voice in rder to realise the aims of the revolution,” he said.
Ennahda is likely to form a coalition with two secularist parties, but not all Tunisians are looking forward to the prospect of an Islamist-led government in one of the most liberal Arab countries.