Tunisia: Islamist Party Big Electoral Winner
Tunisia's final election results confirmed the victory of a once-banned Islamist party, the country's election commission said Monday.
International observers described Tunisia's elections free and fair. The newly elected assembly will write the country's new constitution and appoint an interim government ahead of new elections to be held late next year.
The elections were held nine months after Tunisians overthrew President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled with an iron fist for 23 years.
The Tunisian uprising was the first anti-regime movement in the so-called Arab Spring that has gripped the Middle East and North Africa. Ennahda's victory is expected to inspire Islamist parties competing in elections elsewhere - including Egypt and Morocco.
The liberal Congress for the Republic, led by veteran human rights activist Moncef Marzouki came in second with 29 seats. The party is expected to join Ennahda in a ruling coalition.
In fourth place came the left of center Ettakatol or Forum party with 20 seats.