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Oct 25, 2011

Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote

TUNIS (Reuters) – Moderate Islamists claimed victory in Tunisia’s first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that long-sidelined Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring.”

Official results will be announced on Tuesday, but the Ennahda party said it had already tallied results posted at polling stations after Sunday’s vote, the first since the uprisings which began in Tunisia and spread through the region.

Oct 24, 2011

Analysis: Tunisia shows democracy can work for Arab Islamists

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia gave birth to the “Arab Spring” and now it is again showing the way in the Middle East by demonstrating that moderate Islamists can win an election without causing a crisis.

But Arab countries who are wondering, along with the outside world, how Tunisia’s Islamists will exercise that power will probably have to wait at least a year for a definitive answer.

Oct 24, 2011

Tunisia counts votes after first Arab Spring election

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian election officials counted the votes Monday after the country’s first free election, 10 months on from the moment Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in a protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings.

Most forecasts point to a moderate Islamist party emerging with the biggest share of the vote, an outcome that worries secularists and could be replicated in other Arab states when they hold their own post-Arab Spring elections.

Oct 23, 2011

Huge turnout in Tunisia’s Arab Spring election

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian voters poured into polling stations to vote on Sunday in their country’s first free election, 10 months after vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in an act of protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings.

The leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled outside a polling station by people shouting “terrorist,” highlighting tensions between Islamists and secularists being felt across the Arab world.

Oct 21, 2011
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Tunisian vote on Sunday set to give Islamists a share of power

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(Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, speaks during a closing campaign rally in Tunis October 21, 2011/Zohra Bensemra)

Tunisians will hand a share of power to an Islamist party when they vote on Sunday in an historic first democratic election which could set the template for other Arab countries convulsed by the “Arab Spring” uprisings. The birthplace of the revolts which re-shaped the political landscape of the Middle East, Tunisia in January forced autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia and set in train a transition to democracy.

Oct 5, 2011

Gaddafi determined to avoid Saddam Hussein’s fate

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi ponders his future from his hideout somewhere in Libya, he will probably recall the fate of another fallen Arab autocrat, Saddam Hussein, pulled bedraggled from a hole in the ground.

With that precedent in mind, Gaddafi will be adamant, say people who know him, about two things: he will not give up the fight against Libya’s new rulers and, if the end comes, he will not allow himself to be captured alive.

Oct 5, 2011

Analysis: Gaddafi determined to avoid Saddam Hussein’s fate

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi ponders his future from his hideout somewhere in Libya, he will probably recall the fate of another fallen Arab autocrat, Saddam Hussein, pulled bedraggled from a hole in the ground.

With that precedent in mind, Gaddafi will be adamant, say people who know him, about two things: he will not give up the fight against Libya’s new rulers and, if the end comes, he will not allow himself to be captured alive.

Sep 12, 2011

Libyan woman guided NATO bombs to Gaddafi targets

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The NATO bombing campaign which fatally weakened Muammar Gaddafi’s rule had a secret asset: a 24-year-old Libyan woman who spent months spying on military facilities and passing on the details to the alliance.

The woman, operating under the codename Nomidia, used elaborate methods to evade capture — constantly changing her location, using multiple mobile telephone SIM cards and hiding her activities from all but the closest members of her family.

Sep 12, 2011

Exclusive: Libyan woman guided NATO bombs to Gaddafi targets

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The NATO bombing campaign which fatally weakened Muammar Gaddafi’s rule had a secret asset: a 24-year-old Libyan woman who spent months spying on military facilities and passing on the details to the alliance.

The woman, operating under the codename Nomidia, used elaborate methods to evade capture — constantly changing her location, using multiple mobile telephone SIM cards and hiding her activities from all but the closest members of her family.

Sep 9, 2011

Libyans advance on most remote Gaddafi desert town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Provisional government forces advanced through Libya’s deserts towards the most remote major town still not under its control on Friday, as heavy fighting erupted just outside the other two towns still held by pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces.

Sabha — tucked away in the vast southern deserts — has been cut off from the rest of the country since shortly after the fall of the capital Tripoli and very little information is available about the situation there.