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Nidaa Tounes, Tunisia's main secular party, emerged as the winner of the parliamentary elections over the Islamist Ennahda party, the leading political force in post-revolution Tunisia.Formed just two years ago, NT won 85 seats in the election for the new 217-member People's Assembly, and Ennahda took 69 seats.If it chooses to keep Ennahda out, NT would need to enter into a coalition with smaller parties, including the Free Patriotic Union (UPL) – led by Slim Riahi, a millionaire football club owner and media mogul with no political experience – which won 16 seats, the left-wing coalition of parties known as the Popular Front (Jabha Chaabia), which won 15 seats, and the liberal Afek Tounes, which came in fifth place with eight seats.Both the Popular Front and the UPL are unlikely to accept a coalition with NT. In addition, a coalition composed of these three parties (NT, the UPL and the Popular Front) would also mean NT must give up some ministerial portfolios, perhaps even major ones – NT may be able to accept this compromise, but not necessarily the UPL and Popular Front.The other scenario involves forming a national unity government that includes NT and Ennahda.
Ennahda clears the decks to dominate
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