Almost all votes counted in Tunisia's unpredictable parliamentary elections

Almost all votes counted in Tunisia's unpredictable parliamentary elections
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By Daniel Bellamy with Reuters
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Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday as the small North African state's economy stagnates and public services decline.

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Tunisia is holding unpredictable parliamentary elections as its economy continues to stagnate.

Only eight years ago, Tunisians overthrew their autocratic President Ben Ali, who had been in power for decades.

Unlike other North African states like Egypt and Libya, the country has enjoyed a peaceful transition to more democratic rule after the Arab Spring.

But successive coalition governments have failed to turn the economy around and stop the decline in public services.

These governments have been coalitions of the old secular elite and the moderate Islamist Ennahda party.

The new Heart of Tunisia party led by media mogul Nabil Karoui is also hoping to gain a large part of the vote.

However, he remains in jail since being arrested in August on charges of money laundering and tax evasion and his supporters say that they are politically motivated.

In an announcement on Monday evening, the Independent High Electoral Commission said just over 96% of the votes had been counted, and it was expecting to reach 100% in a few hours time.

Preliminary results are expected to be released on Wednesday.

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