A self-styled, secular, modernist party called Nidaa Tounes won 85 seats against the Islamist Ennahda party in the Tunisian election.
The governing Islamist Ennahda party won 69 seats in the 217-seat chamber. Tunisia’s transition to democratic rule after a 2011 revolt has been hailed as a regional success story.
The revolt was the first and least violent of the Arab Spring uprisings against autocratic governments across the region.
The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both non-violent and violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010 and spread throughout the countries of the Arab League and surroundings.
By December 2013,
- Rulers had been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt (twice), Libya, and Yemen.
- Civil uprisings had erupted in Bahrain and Syria.
- Major protests had broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Israel and Sudan.
- Minor protests had occurred in Mauritania, Oman,Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Western Sahara, and Palestine.