October 22, 2011

Tunisia Vote First Test of Arab Spring

Aaron Zelin, Foreign Affairs

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Ten months after an infuriated fruit vendor in Tunisia set himself aflame and provoked an uprising that tore President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali from power, the country’s citizens will go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a 217-seat Constituent Assembly. Tunisia’s election will be the first real electoral test of the Arab uprisings.
Several major forces are vying for power in the newly democratic country.

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TAGGED: North Africa, Middle East, Tunisia

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