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[Published: Friday October 28 2011]

 Protests erupt in Central Tunisia following historic poll

Tunis, Tunisia, 28 Oct – (ANA) - Violent protests have erupted in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia, after the results of the country's first democratic elections in decades were announced.

Police used tear gas against hundreds of people who were protesting against the cancellation of seats won by one of the parties.

The town is the birthplace of the unrest which erupted earlier this year, triggering the Arab Spring uprisings.

The Islamist Ennahda party won last Sunday's elections.

Official results show that Ennahda secured more than 41% of the vote, which gives it 90 seats in the 217-member parliament.

Party leader Rachid Ghannouchi said his government would continue with the aims of the revolution, saying Tunisia was "for everyone".

Sunday's poll took place nine months after President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted. (ANA)

FA/ANA/28 October 2011------


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