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Tunisia Islamists Back Tax Cuts, Stock Sales to Create Jobs

Iman Mathlothy says she voted for Tunisia’s Islamist party, Ennahdha, because it promised to create jobs and end corruption.
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Tunisian Islamists to propose their man for PM's job

Tunisian Islamists to propose their man for PM's job | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's moderate Islamist party said on Wednesday it would put forward one of its officials for the prime minister's job, after it scored a resounding victory in the first election...
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Tunisia: Arab Spring, Islamist Summer

Tunisia has voted in the first open and fair election in the region. In part two of a three part article Kristine Goulding warns against framing Islamism in direct opposition to women's rights. The Arab Spring redefined the roles of both women and the Islamist al-Nahda, and the two cannot be seen as mutually exclusive

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Tunisian Islamist Party seeking coalition partners after Arab Spring’s 1st vote

Tunisian Islamist Party seeking coalition partners after Arab Spring’s 1st vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — A moderate, once-banned Islamist party in Tunisia was on track Tuesday to win the largest number of seats in the first elections prompted by the Arab Spring uprisings, according to partial results.
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Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote

Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Mindful that some people in Tunisia and elsewhere see the resurgence of Islamists as a threat to modern, liberal values, party officials said they were prepared to form an alliance with two secularist parties, Congress for the Republic and Ettakatol.

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Moroccan pro-democracy movement calls for boycott of November parliamentary elections

RABAT, Morocco — Thousands of Moroccans have demonstrated in dozens of cities and towns across the country calling for a boycott of next month’s parliamentary elections.
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The Arab Spring’s First Elections

The Arab Spring’s First Elections | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisians go to the polls to cast the Arab Spring’s first democratic votes. Ursula Lindsey reports.
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Tunisia elections face unexpected obstacle: youth apathy

Tunisia elections face unexpected obstacle: youth apathy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The fervor of Tunisia's youth-led revolution, which sparked subsequent uprisings in the region, has been surprisingly absent ahead of Tunisia's elections this weekend.
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Tunisia election: Loving and loathing Islamists

Tunisia election: Loving and loathing Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia's formerly banned Islamist party, Ennahda, is tipped to win the first election to results from the "Arab Spring", writes the BBC's Celeste Hicks.
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Tunisia's elections will map out a path for the Arab spring

Tunisia's elections will map out a path for the Arab spring | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It was the first Arab spring country to throw off its dictator, and now Tunisia is again the focus of international attention...
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Liberia: the post-election challenges

The years of conflict in Liberia have left a heavy legacy and ensured that the return to democracy has been bumpy. This makes both major internal reform and international support for the west African state vital, says Gilles Olakounlé Yabi.

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Ivory Coast Opposition Pounds at Strongman

Ivory Coast Opposition Pounds at Strongman | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Opposition forces in Ivory Coast besieged strongman Laurent Gbagbo’s residence for a second consecutive day on Thursday, hoping to seize him alive for a possible trial after he refused to surrender.
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Nigeria election postponed again

Nigeria election postponed again | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nigeria has postponed its parliamentary election until next Saturday - the second such delay in two days. The vote was initially due to take place on Saturday, but staff and papers failed to materialise at polling stations around the country.
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Tunisian Islamist election win marred by clashes

Tunisian Islamist election win marred by clashes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - The Islamist Ennahda party was officially declared the winner of Tunisia's election, setting it up to form the first Islamist-led government in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.But...
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Partial Tunisia results: Islamist party has 44 pct  

Partial Tunisia results: Islamist party has 44 pct   | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia — Authorities say the latest results from Tunisia's landmark elections indicate the moderate Islamist party is holding onto its lead, taking at least 44 percent of seats counted so far for an assembly tasked with writing a new...
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Tunisia's elections: consolidating democracy

The first democratic elections of the Arab spring are a moment of pride and hope for Tunisia and far beyond, says Ayman Ayoub.

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Tunisia martyr's mother: honor my son's sacrifice

Tunisia martyr's mother: honor my son's sacrifice | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian man who set himself on fire in an act of protest which inspired the Arab Spring, urged the new leaders the country is electing on Sunday to...
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Tunisia puts election turnout at 90%

Tunisia puts election turnout at 90% | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 90% of registered voters cast ballots in Tunisia's first national elections since independence, officials said.
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Tunisians flock to polls in first elections brought by the Arab Spring; Islamist party favored

TUNIS, Tunisia — The people who started the Arab Spring shared one of its earliest fruits on Sunday: a free election.
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Tunisia's Surprising New Islamists

Tunisia's Surprising New Islamists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Nine months after the revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring, I reunited with two of the first Tunisians to protest against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. A lot has changed.

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Tunisian exile rejects claims of backing fundamentalists

Tunisian exile rejects claims of backing fundamentalists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Islamist party leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, said extremists can be contained by being given a place in a democratic system...
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Egypt's Moussa fears anarchy if transition drags

CAIRO (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Amr Moussa said Wednesday he feared a prolonged transition to civilian rule could plunge Egypt into anarchy caused by spiraling violence and economic hardship.An...
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Egypt Court Bars Opposition Hopeful

Egypt Court Bars Opposition Hopeful | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An Egyptian court's move to bar Ayman Nour, a presidential candidate who helped lead the opposition to Egypt's former regime, reinforced activists' suspicions that Egypt's interim government continues to privilege the interests of the ousted...
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Democracy activists from North Africa observe election process in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Activists from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia observed Poland’s parliamentary election on Sunday to gain firsthand experience about how to hold the first democratic votes in their countries in decades.
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Pro-Ouattara forces launch palace assault

Pro-Ouattara forces launch palace assault | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Fierce fighting rages in Cote d'Ivoire's main city as pro-Ouattara forces claim to be inside presidential residence.
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