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Moderate Islamists win Tunisia vote

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party has won Tunisia's first free elections, winning 90 of 217 seats in an assembly tasked with writing a new constitution for the fledgling democracy.

Authorities said the Congress for the Republic party, founded in 2001 by noted human rights activist Moncef Marzouki, had come second with 30 seats.

The landmark voting took place on Sunday.

Tunisians overthrew longtime dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January, a move that sparked similar movements in other Arab countries, including successful revolutions in Egypt and Libya.

Ennahda, which was long suppressed by Tunisia's ousted dictator, emerged as the best organized party in the election.


From Belfast Telegraph