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Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

(Reuters) - Tunisians began voting on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country's last steps to full democracy nearly fours years after an uprising that toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. With a new progressive constitution and a full...

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Tunisia deploys 36,000 troops for presidential runoff

Tunisia deploys 36,000 troops for presidential runoff

The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said. "Around 28,000 soldiers will be used to secure polling stations, while 8,000 others will be deployed in rapid reaction units,"...

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Tunisia NGOs urge youth to vote in presidency runoff

Tunisia NGOs urge youth to vote in presidency runoff

(Anadolu News Agency)- Five independent poll-monitoring agencies have called on young Tunisians to take part in next Sunday's presidential run-off vote. The call was one of five recommendations issued by Tunisian civil society "to ensure the success" of the looming vote, according to a...

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Fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 50 in past 10 days: medics

Fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 50 in past 10 days: medics

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - - Almost 50 people have been killed in the past 10 days in fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in the second-largest city, Benghazi, medical personnel said on Wednesday. That brings...

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Tunisia to hold second round of presidential vote on Dec. 21

Tunisia to hold second round of presidential vote on Dec. 21

TUNIS(AFP)- Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebsi will face off on Dec. 21 in Tunisia's second round of presidential voting to decide who leads the nation that sparked the Arab Spring. "Voting will take place on December 21," the head of the ISIE electoral organizing body, Chafik Sarsar, told...

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Tunisia's 3rd largest parliamentary bloc to back Essebsi

Tunisia's 3rd largest parliamentary bloc to back Essebsi

Tunisia's Free Patriotic Union party – which has the third largest bloc in parliament – has said it would throw its weight behind presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party in a runoff vote slated for late December. "We call on supporters to vote for...

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Ex-Bourguiba minister elected Tunisia parliament speaker

Ex-Bourguiba minister elected Tunisia parliament speaker

  Tunis (AFP)- Tunisia’s first parliament since the 2011 revolution on Thursday elected veteran politician Mohamed Ennaceur, 80, of anti-Islamist party Nidaa Tounes as house speaker. Ennaceur, the sole candidate, won 174 votes from the 214 MPs in attendance. In a brief...

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Tunisia's first parliament after revolution opens session

Tunisia's first parliament after revolution opens session

(Reuters)- Tunisia's first full elected parliament held its opening session on Tuesday with a challenge to implement the democracy its people sought when they marched in the 2011 revolt against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The country that saw the first of the Arab Spring...

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Islamist militants kill Tunisian policeman near Algerian border

Islamist militants kill Tunisian policeman near Algerian border

(Reuters) - Islamist militants beheaded a Tunisian policeman after he was kidnapped near the Algerian border late on Sunday, officials said on Monday. The government has tightened security as it prepares for a presidential election runoff this month between incumbent Moncef...

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Tunisia's Marzouki appeals 1st-round poll results

Tunisia's Marzouki appeals 1st-round poll results

Tunisian presidential hopeful Moncef Marzouki on Friday lodged an appeal against the results of the first round of this week's presidential poll with the country's electoral commission, according to a source with Marzouki's campaign. The move has led to the postponement of the...

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Tunisia's Essebsi wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

Tunisia's Essebsi wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

(Reuters) - Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi beat incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of landmark presidential elections, but the two men will have to meet again in a December run-off, early results showed on Tuesday. Essebsi, from the Nidaa...

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Tunisia polls: Sebsi wins 39.5%, Marzouki gets 33.4%

Tunisia polls: Sebsi wins 39.5%, Marzouki gets 33.4%

After counting nearly 95 percent of votes in Tunisia's presidential election, Beji Caid el-Sebsi, head of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, won 39.5 percent of votes followed by interim president Moncef Marzouki. A tally conducted by Anadolu Agency showed that Marzouki came...

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Tunisia presidential vote heads into close run-off

Tunisia presidential vote heads into close run-off

(Reuters) - An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in Tunisian presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled him. Preliminary results in the country's first...

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Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

Tunisians vote for first freely elected president

(Reuters) - Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More than three years since overturning Ben Ali's...

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Two frontrunners emerge in Tunisia's presidential vote

Two frontrunners emerge in Tunisia's presidential vote

  (Reuters) - Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential election pitting an ex-official from the days of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali against a rights activist appealing to the spirit of the 2011 revolt that ousted him. Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old former Ben Ali...

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Libya's PM: Muslims Brotherhood retreats, people eye on justice state

Libya's PM: Muslims Brotherhood retreats, people eye on justice state

  (Zaman Al Wasl)- Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani told   Zaman al-Wasl that the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya would be worse than the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. Al-Thani pointing out that the practices and abuses...

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Tunisians prepare to elect new president

Tunisians prepare to elect new president

 Tunisians are preparing to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new president in a vote billed as the country's first free and fair presidential election. Twenty-seven presidential candidates are vying for office in the weekend vote, the last phase of Tunisia's...

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Egypt to try five students in military court on riot charges

Egypt to try five students in military court on riot charges

(Reuters) - Five Egyptian students were transferred to a military court on Sunday on charges of rioting at a university, a judicial source said, weeks after a law was passed allowing military trials of civilians for damaging state property. A Cairo criminal court transferred...

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