Tunisia’s election watchdog ends counting 53% of votes but Islamists concede defeat

By bne IntelliNews October 28, 2014

The Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE) has so far counted 52.96% of the vote, ISIE president Chafik Sarsar said on Monday, underscoring that the revealed results are partial and not preliminary.  Still, all factors show that Secular Tunisian party Nidaa Tounes won at least 36% of total votes casted on Sunday’s parliamentary elections, beating the ruling Islamic party Ennahda that grabbed around 24% of the votes, according to unofficial results.

Thus Nidaa Tounes will likely at least fill 80 seats in the new parliament while Ennahda will get around 67 seats, according to rough estimates, but the final picture will not be clarified before end-week.

On Monday, October 27, however, Ennahda party, the first Islamist movement and an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, that won the 2011 elections grabbing 89 seats, conceded defeat and the most likely second place in the new Tunisian political puzzle.

It is worth noting that other smaller secular opposition parties are also expected to get some parliamentary seats.

The early parliamentary election results also confirm the anticipation that no single party will secure a full parliamentary majority, meaning that another coalition government will be formed in Tunisia.

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