Islamists poised for victory in Tunisia election

In a scene likely to be repeated in several Arab countries partaking in the "Arab Spring," so-called "moderate" Islamists in Tunisia are set to win the largest share of votes in the country's first free elections. Reuters: The leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled outside a polling station by people shouting "terrorist" -- highlighting tensions between Islamists and secularists that are also being felt in other countries touched by the Arab Spring. Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation, prompted by his despair at poverty and government repression, provoked mass protests which forced President Zine al-Abidine to flee Tunisia. This in turn inspired revolts in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria. Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the moderately Islamist Ennahda party, took his place in the queue outside a polling station in the El Menzah 6 district of the capital. "This is an historic day," he said, accompanied by his wife and daughter, who were both...(Read Full Post)