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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009


Tunisia

Party time for the first family

Ben Ali wins a crushing victory and another five years in power

President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali saved his allies from a little of the usual embarrassment at his 26 October re-election by polling only 89.62% of the vote, down from 94.4% in 2004. His challenge is to maintain Tunisia's impressive economic and social record while persuading his ally the European Union that political reform is possible.

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