People count ballots during parliamentary elections in Tunis October 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Anis Mili)
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Leading Tunisian secular party Nidaa Tounes has won more than 80 seats in an election for the new 217-member parliament against 67 seats for Islamist party Ennahda, a party source, citing a preliminary ballot count, said Monday.Election authorities are expected to announce official results later in the day, but if confirmed the result would be a setback for Ennahda, which led a government after winning the most seats in 2011 in the first free election after the fall of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. With no party expected to win outright, some coalition is likely during weeks of deal-making to form a new government. Presidential elections next month may also delay the immediate formation of a new government.
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