Successful Tunisia Election Welcome

Successful Tunisia Election WelcomeSuccessful Tunisia Election Welcome

The foreign ministry spokesperson on Tuesday congratulated the Tunisian nation on holding a "successful" parliamentary election, saying Iran has always supported the "stability, territorial integrity, and independence" of Tunisia and other countries in the region.

Marzieh Afkham expressed satisfaction over the "awareness" and "smartness" the Tunisian people and political groups showed during the process of drafting the new constitution and the people's active participation in the election.

Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that Tunisian secular Nidaa Tounes party was emerging as the main winner in the 217-seat parliament election after Sunday's vote, citing preliminary results.

Nidaa Tounes has won 83 seats (38 percent), according to official provisional results released on Monday.

The North African nation's leading Islamist party, Ennahda, is in second place with 68 seats (31 percent).

Among the other parties, the provisional figures showed Free Patriotic Union and the Popular Front with 17 seats (seven percent) and 12 seats (five percent) respectively.