Third of Tunisians in north France vote Islamist

25th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A third of the Tunisians living in northern France who voted in their homeland's first free election backed Ennahda, the Islamist party, according to official results published Tuesday.

The constituency, which includes Paris and major cities such as Strasbourg, was the first to report final results, and confirmed the broad trend predicted by earlier partial results released in Tunisia.

Ennahda won 33.07 percent of these 67,280 expat votes, followed by Moncef Marzouki's left nationalist CPT on 12.55 percent, secular left-wing Ettakatol on 11.25 and the left-wing Democratic Modernists on 8.26 percent.

The Islamists will thus send two lawmakers to the new National Assembly in Tunis, and the other three large parties one each, electoral officials told reporters in Paris.

Earlier, citing a provisional count, the Tunisian election commission said that Ennahda was on course to win half of the 18 seats reserved for expatriate representatives on a 217-member constituent assembly.

Some 1.1 million Tunisians living abroad voted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the assembly, which is to rewrite the constitution and appoint a president to form a caretaker government until fresh polls.

There were six foreign polling districts, two in former colonial power France and one each in Italy, Germany, the United States and the Arab states.

Final results for Sunday's vote on home soil are due later Tuesday.

© 2011 AFP

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