October 28th, 2011
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Ennahda party wins Tunisian election

tunisiaTunis: Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party toppled longtime ruler Zine el Abidine Ben Ali  and won the Tunisian elections with 41.5 per cent of votes cast. The party obtained 90 seats in a new 217-member assembly that will rewrite the constitution, appoint a president and form a caretaker government, elections chief Kamel Jendoubi announced in Tunis on Thursday.

Rachid Ghannouchi leader of Ennahda party said, “We will continue this revolution to realise its aims of a Tunisia that is free, independent, developing and prosperous in which the rights of God, the Prophet, women, men, the religious and the non-religious are assured because Tunisia is for everyone.” The new assembly will decide on the country’s system of government and how to guarantee basic liberties, including women’s rights, which many in Tunisia fear Ennahda would seek to diminish despite its assurances to the contrary.

The leftist Congress for the Republic (CPR) was in second place with 13.8 per cent, representing 30 seats, and Ettakatol third with 9.7 per cent or 21 seats, he said. Protesters were angry that election officials had cancelled seats won by Areedha Chaabiya, or the Popular List, a party led by businessman Hachmi Hamdi, over alleged campaign finance violations.More than 2,000 young people marched on the Sidi Bouzid headquarters of Ennahda, burned tyres and pelted security forces with stones.

Beji Caid Sebsi, the current prime minister, said that he had no reason to doubt Ennahda’s commitment to the secular state and democracy.”I can’t judge intentions, that’s up to God. I think [Ennahda] will rule intelligently and deal with reality. It is not necessarily a dark force. Tunisia will continue to move forward and not go against history.”

 



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