Sunday, 06 October 2019 23:36

Polls have closed in Tunisia where nearly seven million people were eligible to vote in the country's parliamentary election.

Voting began on Sunday at 8am local time in the presence of local and international observers, including regional experts and diplomats.

This is the second such vote since the 2014 adoption of Tunisia's constitution following the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali three years earlier. Ben Ali, who ruled over the for 24 years before the civilian uprising in 2011 forced him to flee, died last month in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile the conservative Ennahdha party has come first in Tunisia's parliamentary election, according to an exit poll broadcast by state TV.

The poll by Sigma Conseil showed Rached Ghannouchi's moderate Islamist party would secure 17.5 percent of Sunday's vote, or 40 seats in the 217-strong parliament. It was followed closely by Qalb Tounes, a relatively new party founded by jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui, at 15.6 percent or 33 seats.

Preliminary results will be announced on October 10 and official results on November 17. 

The assembly will then be given two months to choose a prime minister and form a new government.


Source: News Agencies.