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Tunisia: parliamentary election underway

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Tunisia: parliamentary election underway


Tunisia votes on Sunday in the country’s second free election since former president Zein El-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in the onset of the Arab Spring four years ago.

The election features an unusually high number of political parties ranging from secular and socialist to Islamist.

Tunisia’s secular candidates have previously lacked unity. But today, the secular alliance Nidaa Tounes and its moderate Islamist Ennahda rivals are favoured to win the most votes.

“We’ve been waiting for this day it’s like a wedding, it’s the second time and we all have to take part in the election so good things can happen to Tunsia,” said one man on the street.

“Sure we’re happy,” said a woman. “This time it’s a democratic election. We hope it will be better than the last time. it’s well organized and every thing is clear.”

Hardline militants have threatened to disrupt the voting and security forces have been cracking down on suspected extremists in the run up to the election.

On Friday, government troops killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with hardline Islamists on the outskirts of Tunis.

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