Tunisia offers a rarity in North Africa: calm after an election

October 30, 2014 7:56 PM

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In a region torn by turmoil, the North African nation of Tunisia this week showed itself to be an anomaly.

It held a peaceful election that was hailed by monitors as generally free and fair. The Islamists who lost calmly acknowledged defeat even before official results were released early Thursday, and offered to take part in a future government -- if invited.

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