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Understanding Ennahda's Victory in Tunisia

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

While no fewer than 80 political parties participated, Hizb Ennahda, a once-banned Islamist party, has emerged as the major winner in Tunisia's first election since the ouster early this year of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Ennahda’s dominance -- winning roughly 43 percent of the seats in Tunisia’s new Constituent Assembly -- can best be explained by what Christopher Alexander, a leading Tunisia scholar and political scientist at Davidson College in North Carolina, calls the “cultural authenticity vote.” ...

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