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National election observers help counting votes in Tunis on October 23, 2011, after polling stations started closing. Tunisians formed snaking queues in the sun to vote in their first free elections on October 23, basking in their status as democratic trail-blazers nine months after ousting a dictator and giving birth to the Arab Spring. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) Lionel Bonaventure / Getty Images