Three years after the Arab Spring, the people of Tunisia have gone to the polls to select their first ever democratic parliament.
It will be recalled that the 2011 revolutions in Tunisia which sparked what is popularly known as The Arab Spring ousted the then veteran autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Al and then ushered in an Interim Government.
The Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday, 26th of October, 2014 to select 217 leaders out of 13,000 candidates representing more than 90 political parties in the country. According to Tunisia’s State Media, 60% voter turnout was recorded.
In a statement, Rachid Ghannouchi, head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party, has described the elections as “historic” and “a day where the dreams of generations of martyrs, prisoners and displaced people come true.”
In a similar vein, President Barack Obama has congratulated the people of Tunisia on the democratic election of a new parliament, describing the vote as “an important milestone in Tunisia’s historic political transition.”
The next round of elections for the president will take place on November 23.