Tunisia's Islamists warn of election fraud risk

Tunisia's first post-revolution polls risk being rigged, the Islamist party leading opinion polls warned Wednesday, vowing a fresh uprising if the vote was marred by fraud

AFP , Wednesday 19 Oct 2011,
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"There is a risk of the election results being manipulated," Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi told a press conference in Tunis, warning: "If there is manipulation, we will rejoin the forces and the guardians of the revolution which ousted Ben Ali and the first (interim) government. We are ready to oust up to ten governments if needed."

Ennahda, which pollsters expect to take the biggest bloc of votes in elections for an assembly that will write a new constitution, also warned other political groups not to gang up against them. "It is their aim to destroy us," he said. "If the small movements enter into a coalition against Ennahda once we win the election, I can say that it will be a blow for democracy."

He insisted that Ennahda, banned under the regime of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali who was ousted in a popular revolt in January, "has the majority of votes".
On a more conciliatory note, Ghannouchi added: "We are ready to lead a government of national unity if the Tunisian people place their trust in us."

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