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Tunisia prepares for historic elections

Tunisia prepares for historic elections
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Tunisians will vote for a new government in the country’s first general election since President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in January.

The historic election is the first after the Arab Spring. The country was the birthplace of the revolts which re-shaped the political landscape of the Middle East.

Representatives for the new Constituent Assembly will be chosen. They will draw up a new constitution and appoint a transitional government.

Since Ben Ali’s toppling, the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which was banned by Ali, emerged as front runner in the vote. However this is a problem for the country’s secular elite, who believe its liberal values are under threat.

There are concerns that the smallest question mark over the legitimacy of the vote could bring supporters on to the streets.