October 14, 2014

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Tunisian Jews may vote for Islamists in elections (JTA, October 14, 2014)

Rene Trabelsi, a businessman and son of a leader of Tunisia's Jewish community of 2,500, made the assertion in an interview published this week by the Anadolu news agency ahead of the October 26 parliamentary vote and the presidential race next month.

"There are no objections to selecting a political party with an Islamic background, such as Ennahda," Trabelsi said in reference to Tunisia's former ruling party, which stepped down last year as a temporary government proceeded to draft a new constitution ahead of the vote. "Regardless of ideological or religious considerations, we will support the party that presents a suitable economic program."

Trabelsi noted that many Tunisian Jews had voted for Ennahda in the 2011 elections, which followed the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a revolution that triggered several other upheavals throughout the Arab-speaking world.

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