"Call of Tunisia" wins most seats in parliamentary election

Published October 28th, 2014 - 07:48 GMT

The "Call of Tunisia" party won most seats in Tunisia's parliamentary election, followed by the Islamist Ennahda Party, according to a tally compiled by Anadolu Agency.

The "Call of Tunisia" won 84 seats in the 217-member National Assembly, followed by Ennahda with 69 seats, according to an AA tally. The Free Patriotic Union clinched 17 seats in the assembly, the Popular Front 12 seats and Afek Tounes nine seats. Millions of Tunisians voted nationwide on Sunday to elect their country's first parliament since the 2011 revolution that ousted long-serving president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The polls were held amid tight security, with the government deploying some 80,000 police and army troops to guard polling centers. Final poll results have yet to be announced by Tunisia's official electoral commission. Ennahda says came 2nd in Tunisia parliament polls.

The Islamist Ennahda party came second in Tunisia's parliamentary election, a party spokesman has said. "Our estimates show that the Call of Tunisia party won 80 seats (36 percent), while Ennahda clinched 70 seats (32 percent)," he said. He said his party would congratulate the Call of Tunisia party once official results of the election were announced. According to an Anadolu Agency tally, the "Call of Tunisia" party won 84 seats in the 217-member National Assembly, followed by Ennahda with 69 seats. Council of Europe praises Tunisia's 'exemplary poll' The Council of Europe has praised Tunisia after it held its first full parliamentary elections following the adoption of a new constitution in the north African country in January which created a 217-seat Assembly of the Representatives of the People.

The statement came on Monday after PACE observed the 26 October polls, which were held under tight security conditions with the government deploying about 80,000 police and army troops to guard polling centers.

Andreas Gross, head of the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said: "The delegation of the Council of Europe to Tunisia wishes to draw attention to the exemplary nature of the elections and hopes that those who did not win will display the same political maturity as ordinary citizens by accepting the result of the poll." "The elections were free, inclusive and transparent." "The Assembly of the Representatives of the People that has been elected is genuinely representative of the people, with the kind of legitimacy required to take necessary and essential decisions, in the national interest," he added.

According to preliminary results obtained by Anadolu Agency, Nidaa Tounes won 83 seats (38 percent), Ennahda 68 (31 percent), Free Patriotic Union 17 (7 percent), Popular Front 12 (5 percent) and Afek Tounes nine (four percent) in the Constituent Assembly which will later choose a new prime minister. 'Historic turning point' Gross added: "PACE will continue to actively assist its Tunisian partners in their efforts to democratize Tunisia and another delegation will visit the country to observe the first round of the presidential election on 23 November 2014." French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement: "These elections mark a historic turning point in Tunisian history." "Nearly four years after the revolution, Tunisians went to polls to create a new democratic institution for the second republic.Tunisians are reaffirming their commitment to democracy."

After a 2011 revolt in Tunisia, Ennahda won most seats in Tunisia’s first free election and formed a coalition with Moncef Marzouki as President. The 2011 elections were the first democratic polls after the fall of Ben Ali, who had been in power for 23 years before being removed in a popular uprising. Presidential elections are scheduled in Tunisia for 23 November.

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