UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Preliminary results of voting at the first municipal elections in Tunisia after the “Arab Spring” indicate the victory of the Islamist “An-Nahda” (“Revival Movement”) party, Tunisian official television reported on Sunday evening.
According to preliminary data, An-Nahda won 27.5% of the vote, and its main competitor in the elections – the party Nida Tunisia – 22%.
As Lutfi Zeytun, one of the leaders of An-Nahda, said after the vote count, the party won the election over Nida Tunisia with a difference of about 5%. “Our victory is a reward for the openness of the party, the search for consent and a democratic path,” he said.
Counting of the votes began in Tunisia after the closure of polling stations in 350 municipalities at 18.00 local time (20.00 MSK).
In 2011, Tunisia was the first of several Arab countries, where mass protests took place, leading eventually to the dismissal of President Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who led the country since 1987. After that, in Tunis in 2014, presidential and parliamentary elections were held.
In local elections, which were last held in the country in 2010, both party representatives and independent candidates participate. It is assumed that the elected local councils will receive significant powers in their districts.