Tunisian Elections Result Guide

10/26/2011 11:31 am 11:31:36 | Updated Dec 26, 2011

Update, Wednesday 10:45 a.m.: Women will come out under-represented, but not compared to the U.S. In setting up their new political party system, Tunisians adopted an unusual but promising requirement. Each party provides a ranked list of candidates (if a party wins three seats, for example, its top three candidates will take those seats), and the list must alternate between men and women. The idea was to create gender party in the new assembly. But most parties start their candidate lists with a man, putting a woman in the second slot (how's that for symbolism). So, parties that win only one seat will almost certainly give that seat to a man. Right now, there are 14 parties that have only one seat, and that list is likely to grow as results keep coming in.

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