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Oct 28, 2011

Fresh post-vote clashes in cradle of Tunisia’s revolt

TUNIS (Reuters) – Troops fired into the air on Friday to disperse a crowd trying to attack government offices in the town where the “Arab Spring” uprising began, hours after an Islamist party was declared winner of Tunisia’s first free election.

The Ennahda party, which was banned for decades and its leaders forced to flee abroad, will lead Tunisia’s new government after an election victory likely to set a template for other Middle Eastern states rocked by uprisings this year.

Oct 27, 2011
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Tunisia’s secular women fret over the rise of Islamism

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(Womens' rights supporters protest against hardline Salafists in Tunis, October 16, 2011/Zoubeir Souissi)

When hundreds of Tunisians drove through the capital sounding their horns and waving scarves this week to celebrate the election victory of an Islamist party, there was little jubilation in the Ennasr neighbourhood. With its chic boutiques and upmarket cafes, this suburb is a bastion of a segment of Tunisian society left feeling marginalised and even a little fearful by the election result.

Oct 26, 2011

Tunisian Islamists to propose their man for PM’s job

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party said on Wednesday it would put forward one of its officials for the prime minister’s job, after it scored a resounding victory in the first election after the “Arab Spring” uprisings.

It reassured secularists and investors, nervous about the prospect of Islamists holding power in one of the Arab world’s most liberal countries, by saying it would not stop tourists wearing bikinis on the beaches or impose Islamic banking.

Oct 26, 2011

Tunisia Islamists send business-friendly message after victory

TUNIS (Reuters) – The Islamist leader whose party is now Tunisia’s most powerful political force met stock market executives on Wednesday to send the message that the government ushered in by the “Arab Spring” revolt will be business friendly.

Officials were still tabulating results from Sunday’s election — the first democratic vote in Tunisia’s history — but the moderate Islamist Ennahda party is on course to be declared the winner by a wide margin.

Oct 26, 2011

Islamists head for win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party on Tuesday claimed a thumping victory in the country’s first election, sending a message to the region that once-banned Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring.”

With election officials still counting ballots from Sunday’s vote — the first to follow as a result of the uprisings which began in Tunisia and spread through the region — the Ennahda party said its own tally showed it had won. Several of its biggest rivals conceded defeat.

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.