This blog's main topics are the political situation in Tunisia and all the activities surrounding the election of the Constituent Assembly that was held on October 23rd 2011. You will also find interviews and discussions that I conducted with politicians and bloggers from the Revolution. All this from a Canadian perspective in Tunis.
mercredi 26 octobre 2011
Islamists hold strong lead halfway through the count
Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of Ennahda.
As of Tuesday
night, there were 101 seats on 217 that were already accounted for. During a
press conference held around 22:45, the independent organization that
supervises the election (ISIE in French) announced that they would have no
further results until the final tally was complete.
It was initially
the plan to release the results on Monday; it was then moved to Tuesday
afternoon. Now it looks like we’ll only get to know later on today – it seems
that voter turnout was much higher than expected which caused some technical
difficulties at voting stations.
the Islamic party Ennadha holds a commanding lead at the moment with a total of
43 seats. With 116 left up for grab, a majority at the Assembly is still
possible for them. To do it, they will need to obtain 66 more – the minimum
number of seats for a majority government is 109 (66+43).
CPR remains in
second position with 16 seats. Aridha Chaabia, a party that no one expected to
win, is third with 12 seats, just ahead of Ettakatol’s 10 seats.
Mohamed Hechim Hamdi.
Because of their
surprise success, Aridha Chaabia was the center of the media’s attention for
most of the day. Their party leader Mohamed Hechim Hamdi is the owner of two television stations and used to
be affiliated with Ennadha.
electoral fraud have arisen, mainly in regards to Aridha Chaabia and Ennadha. The ISIE reminded parties that if they wish to file
a complaint for fraud, they have 48 hours after the final results are announced
to do it. Two weeks have been planned by the watchdog group to go through litigation
regarding the election. After this, the Constituent Assembly will be able to
start its work.
was clarified that only evidence of financial fraud will lead to a party being
stripped of a seat. Other violations, such as illegal publicity will be
punishable by fines.
thousands of Ennadha’s supporters spent part of the evening celebrating in
front of party headquarters in Tunis yesterday. Party officials made no comment
except to say that ‘‘many voting stations have not finished counting and we are
still open to forming a coalition at the Assembly’’.
Recent rumors suggest that an alliance between Ennadha and either
CPR or Ettakatol to form a majority government may be in the works. No parties
have confirmed this.
To follow the
results live, consult this pageand this table.