Tunisia's Ruling Party Sweeps Local Elections
President Zine El Abidine ben Ali's party, the Constitutional Democratic Assembly, won more than 94 percent of the seats in municipal elections Sunday in Tunisia, first results showed early Monday.
The voting was for 4,144 seats in the country's 257 local councils. The five legal opposition parties and 22 lists of independents managed to scrape some 250 seats, or six percent, in about 60 councils according to an AFP count based on results by commune provided by the interior ministry.
Turnout averaged 85 percent, the ministry said.
Final results of the municipal elections, held every five years, were to be announced by Interior Minister Abdallah Kallel later on Monday.
8,000 polling stations had closed at (1700 GMT) Sunday in the first elections since Ben Ali was re-elected to his third mandate last October with an overwhelming 99.44 percent of votes cast – TUNIS (AFP)
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