Tunisia: Ennahda tops parliamentary elections

By Yosra Ouanes and Enes Canli

TUNIS, Tunisia (AA) – Tunisia’s Ennahda movement topped Sunday's parliamentary election with 17.5% of the vote, according to election authorities and exit polls.

Detained media mogul Nabil Karoui's the Heart of Tunisia party followed Ennahda with 15.6% of the vote, according to an exit poll by Sigma Conseil broadcast by state television.

Tunisia’s Supreme Election Council announced that only 41.32% of around 7 million eligible voters went to the polls in the country.

According to figures released by the council, the Ennahda movement is set to win 40 seats in the 217-seat parliament, while the Heart of Tunisia would get 33.

Shortly after the polls closed, both parties declared victory and celebrated at their respective headquarters.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev