|[Published: Monday May 07 2018]
Tunisia's Islamist party claims election victory
TUNIS 7 May (ANA) - Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party has claimed victory in the country's first municipal elections since the 2011 uprising which sparked the so called Arab Spring.
Exit polls show that its secularist rival, Nidaa Tounis, is 5% behind. Both parties make up Tunisia's ruling coalition. The Tunisian prime minister, Youssef Chahed, described the poll as an important step that would complete the move towards democracy.
Turnout stands at just under 34%.
Commentators say voters are disillusioned with a lack of economic progress. Tunisia currently has an inflation rate of around 8% and unemployment stands at more than 15%. The government's new austerity budget was met with a wave of protests earlier this year.
Four men accused of stealing a car in South Africa inadvertently drove it straight to prison.
Cape Town law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason said the alleged robbers were being chased by police when they drove it into Pollsmoor Prison - where anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was once jailed.
"They got out and ran into the grounds of the prison where they were arrested," Mr Dyason was quoted by South Africa's News24 site as saying.
The Cape Town ETC news site branded them the city's "dumbest criminals".
But Mr Dyason suggested that they were extremely dangerous, saying that when police did a check, they found the four had about 35 cases of murder, attempted murder, theft and possession of illegal firearms pending against them.(ANA)
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