Islamist victory casts shadow over Tunisian Jews

Over 90% of Tunisia’s voting public did their civic duty on Sunday and voted in the north-African country’s first free elections in decades.

The unprecedented voting rate raised hopes that Tunisia is in fact becoming the first democracy to come out of the Arab Spring but these hopes are somewhat overshadowed by the expected victory of the Islamist Ennahda (‘Resurrection’) party.

With election officials still counting the ballot papers, the Ennahda party said its own, unofficial tally showed it had won Sunday’s vote. Like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Ennahda party line believes in a combination between modern and Islamic values.


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