Tunisia Caught Between Political Extremes

News article, posted 12.03.2014, from Tunisia, in:
Chafik Sarsar (L) head of the Independent Election Commission Addresses the Media in Tunis (REUTERS)

The preliminary data of the results of the first round of Tunisia’s presidential elections pointed to a conflict between two opposing groups on the political scene. The first is represented by Nidaa Tunis, led by Beji Caid Essebsi, and the second is supported by President Moncef Marzouki. The presidential election was not significantly different from the legislative elections held on Oct. 26, 2014, where the results reflected the emergence of two opposing camps in parliament: Nidaa Tunis, with 86 seats, followed by the Islamist party Ennahda, with 69 seats. These two parties alone won more than two thirds of parliamentary seats, to the detriment of the other prestigious political parties, including democratic and forceful political figures who were completely wiped from the electoral scene.

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