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Tunisia conducts its first election since former president ousted

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News brief for 10/24/11

Contribited by Brendan James Daniel

According to the New York times Tunisia conducted its first free and fair parliamentary elections since ousting their former president, the authoritarian Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, was widely expected to win at least a plurality of the vote, and its founder, Rachid Ghannouchi, declared last week that it would win a majority. Many voters said that in the final days of the campaign the essential choice came down to a vote for or against Ennahda, who seek to emulate the political model of Turkey in establishing a durable, pluralistic democracy that will protect the rights of individuals and minorities from whoever is in power.

Democracy in Tunisia doesn't come without understandable fears
  • freedom In the wake of the ouster of Ben Ali, certain ousted groups have come out of the woodwork in Tunisia, including long-exiled Islamist sheik Rachid Ghannouchi.
  • worry Some are wary of what might come in the new democracy from the Islamists, some sects of which want to impose Sharia, or Islamic law, on the country. source