Tunisia: low turnout as Ennahda Islamist party claims victory

(MENAFN) Despite the fact that voter turnout was just 33.7 percent, Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party claimed a win over its rival, Nidaa Tounes, in local elections.

After polling stations closed at 6pm on Sunday, top Ennahda official Lotfi Zitoun told Reuters the party was more than five per cent ahead of its secularist rival, Nidaa Tounes, citing vote counts observed by the party.

"This result is a reward for the new tolerant and Democratic Ennahda " Ennahda which searched for consensus," Zitoun said.

Ennahda will "continue to keep the consensus with our partners", spokesman Imed Khemiri said in a statement at party headquarters in Tunis, where supporters gathered outside and sang revolutionary songs from 2011.

"It's important that the two main parties won and it's important for the political balance in the country."



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