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World - Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for run-off

By Tarek Amara and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, with the two major parties expecting a run-off as the final step in the North African state`s transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results were yet to be announced, but shortly after polls closed, the parties of two front-runners said initial tallies showed they had passed to a second round run-off next month. ...

Sunday, November 23, 2014  23:14


World - Bahrain holds elections, Shi`ite opposition boycotts vote

By Farishta Saeed MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrainis voted on Saturday in the first parliamentary elections since 2011 when mostly Shi`ite protesters took to the streets demanding more democracy. The elections were boycotted by the Shi`ite Muslim opposition over accusations that constituency changes would still favor the Sunni Muslim majority represented by the ruling family. Bahrain has been shaken by low-level unrest since the February 2011 demonstrations. The country`s Shi`ites have long complained of political and economic marginalization, an accusation the government denies. ...

Sunday, November 23, 2014  01:43


World - Tunisia`s Essebsi`s party says he`s ahead in presidential vote count

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi`s campaign manager told reporters he was ahead in Sunday`s election by at least 10 points, according to his own party`s initial results. Official results have yet to be released by electoral authorities. But Essebsi and rival Moncef Markouzi, the incumbent, were expected to be frontrunners in the first free presidential election since Tunisia`s 2011 uprising. Political parties have observers at polling stations who act as witnesses to oversee preliminary counts, which allows them to tally results unofficially for their party. ...

Sunday, November 23, 2014  18:41


Africa - VIDEO: `Feeling of optimism` in Tunisia

Tunisians are voting in the country`s first presidential election since the 2011 `Arab Spring`

Sunday, November 23, 2014  16:52


World - Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More than three years since overturning Ben Ali`s one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for the region by adopting a new constitution, the politics of compromise and avoiding the turmoil facing its neighbors. `Another distinguished day in the history of Tunisia,` said Mouna Jeballi, voting in Soukra district in Tunis. ...

Sunday, November 23, 2014  10:26


World - Voting gets underway in Tunisian presidential election

TUNIS (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in the presidential election, one of the final steps in the country`s democratic transition after the 2011 revolution that ousted Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Beji Caid Essebsi, a former Ben Ali official whose secular Nidaa Tounes party leads the parliament, and current President Moncef Marzouki, have emerged as frontrunners out of nearly 30 candidates in the race. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

Sunday, November 23, 2014  07:25


Africa - Tunisia in landmark presidency poll

Tunisia is set to hold its first presidential election since the 2011 `Arab Spring` revolution that triggered uprisings across the region.

Sunday, November 23, 2014  02:54


World - Tunisians go to polls for presidential election

By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Nearly 30 candidates are running, but a race is emerging between a veteran ex-Ben Ali official and a rights activist who says the election is a chance to stop the return of old-regime stalwarts. ...

Sunday, November 23, 2014  01:25

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