From Foreign Policy Magazine’s morning email briefing.
On Sunday, millions of Tunisians cast votes for a 217-seat assembly that will re-write the constitution, appoint an interim government, and set dates for parliamentary and presidential elections. Yesterday’s vote is widely seen as Tunisia’s first free elections since the country’s independence in 1956. Tunisian officials say they’ll release preliminary results on Monday or Tuesday.
Perhaps most remarkably, there are few reports of fraud or violence and an estimated 90 percent of registered voters cast ballots for the more than 100 parties competing in the race. The moderate Islamic party Ennahda — which has expressed a commitment to democracy and women’s rights — is expected to win at least a plurality of seats in the new Tunisian assembly.