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Turnout in Tunisia Vote Scrapes 11.3%

Turnout in Tunisia Vote Scrapes 11.3%

Monday, 30 January, 2023 - 06:15
Tunisian woman casting her vote on Sunday - EPA

Just 11.3 percent of Tunisian voters cast ballots in Sunday's second-round election for parliament, according to preliminary figures announced by the electoral board.

The body's chief Farouk Bouasker said 887,638 out of some 7.8 million registered voters had taken part in the poll.

During December’s first round, the official turnout was only slightly lower, at 11.2 percent.

Economic decline in Tunisia, where some basic goods have disappeared from shelves and the government has cut subsidies as it seeks a foreign bailout to avert bankruptcy, has left many disillusioned with politics and angry with their leaders.

“We don’t want elections. We want milk and sugar and cooking oil,” said Hasna, a woman shopping in the Ettadamon district of Tunis on Sunday.

About 887,000 voters cast ballots from a total electorate of 7.8 million, the electoral commission said. Final results were not expected on Sunday. The main parties boycotted the vote and most seats are expected to go to independents.

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