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The country's presidential campaign began on Nov. 1 in the wake of the secularists' victory in parliamentary elections. Tunisia has been labeled the largest source of manpower for jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria.
The country's recent election results of a victory for secularists have been hailed as a "possible model for the region," yet are also described as fragile.
The final tally in Tunisia's election shows a total of 85 (of 217) seats for the secular Nidaa Tunis party vs. 69 for the Islamist Ennhahda party.
Multiple reports have confirmed that the secular party Nidaa Tounes has defeated the Islamist party Ennahda (83 seats vs. 68) in Tunisia's historic elections.
There was high voter turnout for the first general election under Tunisia's new constitution. The secular party Nidaa Tounes has taken the lead in parliament, winning 80 seats versus 67 seats for the Islamist party Ennahda, according to a preliminary ballot count from a "party source."
Tunisian forces stormed a home held by armed militants in Tunis and killed six people, ending a day-long stand-off that began with an antiterrorism raid and gunfight that killed one policeman.
Two shootouts with "suspected militants" just prior to Tunisia's national election left two people dead, including a policeman and a bystander, and one policeman injured.
In the wake of recent political freedom in Tunisia, the country has "sent more foreign fighters than any other country to Iraq and Syria to join the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State." Elections and security in the western city of Kasserine are imperiled by the growth of jihadist groups in the area. The International Crisis Group issued a briefing noting increased cooperation between terrorist groups and crime cartels along Tunisia's borders with Algeria and Libya.
Six "smugglers" who were arrested in Ben Guerdane are now accused of supporting "terrorist" activities. The six men are accused of recruiting Salafists to wage jihad in Libya and Syria. Their group affiliation has not been disclosed.
Seven soldiers were injured in a clash with religious extremists near a national guard station in Douz in Kaybelie following the arrest of an extremist. Security forces arrested five Salafists in a raid on a mosque in Douar Hicher in Mandouba; and two more in Meknassi in Sidi Bouzid who had explosives, military uniforms, and computer equipment.
The Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 12 more terrorists from the Sidi Bouzid area; 12 others were arrested previously in two raids on Sept. 5. Three people were arrested in Kef yesterday for unauthorized use of hunting rifles. The NCA approved four new draft antiterrorism provisions, but faces an uphill battle to complete the drafting of its antiterrorism law before a new parliament is elected in October; so far only 36 out of 136 articles have been approved.
Security forces are increasing vigilance against terrorist attacks during the runup to elections in October; officials have claimed that over 1,700 terrorists were arrested in Tunisia between Jan. 1 and July 31. Authorities in Sidi Bouzid arrested two arms traffickers for an extremist group yesterday and confiscated quantities of RPGs, grenades, and ammunition from their van. Customs officials also seized a quantity of weapons from a Tunisian-registered van outside Ben Guerdane yesterday.