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Islamist party sweeps Tunisian vote
| October 28, 2011
| Mariette le Roux
Posted on 10/28/2011 9:13:23 AM PDT by george76
A Tunisian Islamist party has emerged victorious in the Arab Spring's first elections, taking 41.47 per cent of votes cast nine months after the ouster of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali...
The Islamist Ennahda party now has the single-biggest share of the assembly that will rewrite the constitution, appoint a president and form a caretaker government, elections chief Kamel Jendoubi told journalists in Tunis.
He also announced the invalidation of six candidates' lists of the Petition for Justice and Development, including one in Sidi Bouzid, notably due to "financial irregularities".
The provisional results put two leftist parties in second and third place after Sunday's historic polls: the Congress for the Republic (CPR) obtaining 30 seats, and Ettakatol 21 seats.
The CPR has defended its coalition talks with the Islamist party.
"No, no, no it is not the devil and we do not make pacts with the devil," party leader Moncef Marzouki said on Wednesday.
"One must not take them for the Taliban of Tunisia. It is a moderate part of Islam."
The Progressive Democratic Party, which was polling in second place before the election, came fifth with 17 seats.
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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arab; arabspring; elections; islamist; spring; tunisia; tunisian; tunisianislamist
posted on 10/28/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT
posted on 10/28/2011 9:14:35 AM PDT
Oh, it's okay. They're only moderate Islamists.
posted on 10/28/2011 9:16:53 AM PDT
(Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
On to Algeria and Morocco and then to Spain.
Haven’t we seen this movie before?
posted on 10/28/2011 9:25:34 AM PDT
(A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
"I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear". - Barack Obama
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posted on 10/28/2011 9:29:30 AM PDT
by DJ MacWoW
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posted on 10/28/2011 11:06:04 PM PDT
(The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
“Women and Gays hardest hit”?
posted on 10/29/2011 12:35:20 AM PDT
by Cowboy Bob
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