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    Massive Voter Turnout in Tunisia

    Tunisians voters queue at a polling station in Menzeh, near Tunis, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. Tunisians began voting Sunday in their first truly free election, the culmination of a popular uprising that ended decades of authoritarian rule and set off similar rebellions across the Middle East. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)

    Amine Landoulsi / AP Photo

    Voters flocked the polling booths in the first free election in Tunisia, the country that started the Arab Spring uprisings. But even as voters snapped cellphone pictures of the historic event, there was obvious tension between Islamists and secularists. Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, was greeted with calls of “terrorist” and “go away” when he emerged from the polling station. Ennahda is expected to win the largest share of the vote, but not enough for it to govern without forming a coalition with other parties. The vote will elect an assembly that will draft a new constitution. It will also appoint an interim government and set elections for a president and Parliament.

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