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TUNISIA: Muslim Ennahdha Party Wins Elections.

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The first estimates of the parliamentary elections of October 6, 2019 would be favorable to Ennahdha, the party of the Islamist movement, arrived in first position followed by the party of businessman Nabil Karaoui, Qalba Tounes. An election with a high rate of abstention.

The first trends indicate that Ennahdha would be in the lead with forty seats or 17.5% while he had 69 in the previous term. This low percentage is explained by voter turnout. According to the Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE), only 41.3% of citizens registered on the electoral roll went to the polls, unlike in previous years. Qalba Tounes, the party of Nabil Karaoui, jailed presidential candidate, would have obtained 33 seats, or 15.6%. The Tahya Tounes party, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and Al-Karama of Seiffedine Mahlouf reportedly had 17 seats. As for the Free Destoure Party (PDL) of Abir Moussi, and the democratic current of Ghazi Chaouachi, they could each have 14 seats.

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In a country in full democratic consolidation, the results of these legislative elections, suggest a divided parliament in which the Islamist party Ennahdha must necessarily form coalitions to be able to lead. However, the two parties Qalba Tounes and Tahya Tounes who had both announced they won the elections on Sunday, October 6, 2019, refuse to work in the same coalition.

Remember that this is the third time that Tunisians are called to elect their deputies since the “jasmine revolution” which was at the origin of the overthrow of autocrat Zine Ben Ali. The final results of these legislative elections are due on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

       

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