'Free' Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

Tunisian Ennadha Party supporters wave flags as they wait for the party's leader to give a speech on October 27, 2014 in Tunis following the legislative electionForeign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia’s landmark “free” elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The Islamist Ennahda party, which had steered the North African nation through the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, congratulated its secular rival Nidaa Tounes which it said would be the largest party in parliament. Tunisia is the “only tree still standing in a devastated forest,” its leader Rached Ghannouchi told the crowd, alluding to other countries where the hopes of the Arab Spring uprisings have given way to conflict or renewed repression.

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