May 6, 2018 / 7:33 PM / in 4 months

Islamist Ennahda party claims victory in Tunisian local elections

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party claimed victory late on Sunday in the country’s first free local elections, citing vote counts observed by the party.

Rached Ghannouchi, the head of the Islamist party Ennahda, speaks during an interview with Reuters journalists in Tunis, Tunisia, April 25, 2018. Picture taken April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Top Ennahda official Lotfi Zitoun told Reuters the party was more than 5 percent ahead of secularist rivals Nidaa Tounes. Borhan Bsais, a Nidaa Tounes official, said his party probably trailed Ennahda by 3 to 5 percent.

Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Larry King

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