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Vol 52 No 21

Published 21st October 2011


New rules for a new order

The likely winner of the Constituent Assembly elections is the Islamist party which the deposed autocrat Ben Ali tried to repress

Tunisians kept their affection for constitutional principles and the rule of law throughout the corruption and autocracy that prevailed under President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, whom they threw out in January. On 23 October, they will vote for a constituent assembly, to write the rules for the new political order. The likely winner, though not with an absolute majority, is Hizb Ennahda (Renaissance Party), the Islamist group that Ben Ali struggled to repress which has emerged as the biggest, best-organised political force in the new dispensation.

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