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Tunisia votes in first free poll

Tunisians are voting in elections that are a culmination of a popular uprising that ended decades of authoritarian rule and set off similar rebellions across the Middle East.

Tunisians will elect an assembly that will appoint a new government and then write the country's constitution to replace the 23-year presidency of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown by the month-long uprising on January 14.

Tunisia's revolution set off a series of similar uprisings across the Middle East that are now being called the Arab Spring, and if Tunisia's elections produce an effective new government they will serve as an inspiration to pro-democracy advocates across the region.


From Belfast Telegraph