Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the Nidaa Tounes party, waving to supporters as he leaves a polling station in Tunis. Mr Essebsi was elected the new president of Tunisia with 55.68 per cent of votes. Photograph: EPA.

Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country‘s first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy afte(...)

Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamist party Ennahda,  at party headquarters in Tunis. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Compromise has been in short supply since Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring more than two years ago. This small North African nation has once again brok(...)

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