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Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory

Over 100 demonstrators called for probe into Ennahda's finances after it netted most votes

Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
About 100 Tunisians protested yesterday, October 25 2011, outside the headquarters of the independent electoral body whic is overseeing Tunisia's elections. The protesters claimed 'fraud' had swayed the votes in Sunday's election. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
As it stands, partial official results from the country are pointing towards a victory for moderate Islamist party Ennahda. According to the electoral commission, the party was well ahead in the vote for a new assembly. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
A protestor holds a placard reading in French 'Yes to Islam - No to corruption'. The demonstrators are calling for a probe into the finances of parties such as Ennahda, which is widely suspected of being propped up by Gulf countries despite a ban on foreign funding for parties contesting the election. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
Police stand in line as the Tunisians take part in the protest. The demonstrators chanted slogans against Ennahda and slammed the government for “excesses of party funding.” (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
But supporters of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party celebrated the early election outcome. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
Members of Ennahda gave a statement to the press and supporters on October 25, in Tunis at the movement headquarters. Early results show the party had 15 of 39 seats in five polling districts, including the cities of Sousse and Sfax. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
The founder and leader of Ennahda, Rachid Ghannouchi, has said he will not to set up an Islamist state and instead will respect multi-party democracy. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
But Ennahda is not expected to win a majority, and talks of a coalition government have already started. Congress for the Republic (CPR) and Ettakatol, both centre-left secularist parties, have been dubbed as potential partners. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
The election is Tunisia's first democratic vote since the revolution in January, during which former long-time President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
The president, who had been in power for 23 years, was ousted during mass demonstrations, which sparked a series of protests around the region known as the Arab Spring. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest as Islamist party prepares to take election victory
But unlike some of its neighbours, Tunisia's move from authoritarian rule to democracy has been mostly peaceful. (AFP/Getty Images)