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Islamists claim victory in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote

Islamists claim victory in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote
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Moderate Islamists are preparing to lead a coalition government after Tunisia’s first-ever democratic elections.

As votes were still being counted, the Ennahda party said its own, unofficial tally showed it had won Sunday’s ballot.

Secularists fear a threat to liberal, modernist values.

But Bashir al-Abidi, who works in a coffee shop in Marsa, near Tunis, said he just wants someone to serve the country and look after its people, “whether it is Ennahda or any other party.”

Amna Guellali, Human Rights Watch’s Representative for Tunisia, said: “Naturally, we must be cautious with Ennahda and all parties, that they practice what they preach, and that coalitions in the assembly are in line with the protection of human and individual rights.”

The elected assembly will oversee the government, write a constitution and set a timetable for new elections. Ennahda said it plans to bring two secularist parties into a broad interim coalition.