Nidaa Tounes party takes about 22.5%
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Essebsi won Sunday’s run-off poll in Tunisia’s first democratic presidential elections
Candidates traded accusations, personal attacks in heated run-up to poll
The Islamist Ennahda Movement did not field any candidate
While the official results have yet to be announced, the preliminary results show the secular party is set to obtain 85 seats against the 69 of Islamist rival.
Political parties cite high turnout, election monitors claim irregularities
Islamist Ennahda party will not run in next month’s presidential vote
Tunisia’s economic recovery since its 2011 “Arab Spring” revolution has been hampered by political instability, social unrest and Islamist violence.
The Islamist Ennahda party has been under mounting pressure to relinquish the grip on power
The Islamists also agreed in recent months to drop their insistence on Islam being the main source of legislation, or criminalising “attacks on the sacred”.
The interior ministry said other gunmen had fled, and that two policemen were wounded by shots to their legs.
AFP – Protesters on Thursday torched the office of Tunisia’s ruling Islamists in the town of Kef, where a policeman killed in fighting with suspected jihadists is to be buried, an AFP photographer reported. The walls of the building were burned and equipment inside it destroyed, with witnesses saying that protesters had ransacked the office …
Russia criticized the Saudis’ “strange” decision but the conservative kingdom got a more understanding reaction from its western allies.
The document foresees the nomination of an independent prime minister by the end of next week, who would then have two weeks to form a cabinet.
The country’s largest union confederation called on the Islamists and the secular opposition to agree on a date next week for a “national dialogue” aimed at ending a crisis sparked by the murder of a prominent opposition MP in July.
“All negotiations without the dissolution of the government are a waste of time,” a representative of the National Salvation Front said
The supporters of Brahmi, who included members of his family, took part in the procession, in the absence of representatives of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party.
Several cases relating to the freedom of expression have sparked outrage in the North African country since Ennahda’s rise to power
The facebook page of Tunisia’s interior ministry are published the photos of five Islamists wanted for the assassination of Chokri Belaid
Tunisian MPs attend a parliament session to vote on a new government in Tunis
Standard and Poor’s was the first credit ratings agency to respond to the crisis, cutting Tunisia’s sovereign rating from BB to BB- with a negative outlook, citing “the risk of seeing the political situation deteriorate further”.
Islamist leaders convene in Istanbul to commemorate the death of Negm El-Din Erbakan
A number of social media sites belonging to Salafists and other Islamist groups have denounced the “Harlem Shake” as indecent.
“The killer has been identified and is being chased,” Larayedh told a news conference.
Larayedh has until 8 March to present a new government to the head of state, Marzouki’s spokesman said, adding that the president urged him to do so “as quickly as possible because the country cannot wait any longer.”
Jebali first floated his initiative in the wake of public outrage over the killing in broad daylight of outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid
Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi has strongly reiterated his party’s refusal to relinquish power in line with an initiative proposed by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali
Congress for the Republic party demands the resignation of the interior, justice and foreign ministers
Tunisia’s opposition has been undermined by differences since the 2011 revolution
The killing of Chokri Belaid plunges Tunisia into political crisis