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Young Tunisians have high hopes for May's municipal elections

Tunisians are looking forward to the first municipal elections since 2011 amid expectations that independents and young people will achieve major results.
Youths pose for a photo in front a Tunisian flag during celebrations of the second anniversary of the Tunisian revolution at Avenue Habib-Bourguiba in Tunis, January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ANNIVERSARY) - GM1E91E09KE01
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #323333} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #fffc41} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0682c1; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0682c1} span.s4 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #77bb41} span.s5 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0682c1} span.s6 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0682c1; background-color: #fffc41; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0682c1} span.s7 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #fffb01} TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia is getting ready to hold its first municipal elections since the 2011 revolution. While the general poll is scheduled for May 6 (with soldiers and members of the security services set to vote Apr. 29), past postponements have raised fears among activists of further delays. 

The first phase of preparations, during which the candidate lists were submitted to the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), had several surprises, including a large number of youths registering as candidates. Over 75% of registrations were candidates under the age of 45, while over 50% were under 35. The review of candidacies started on Feb. 15 and ended Feb. 22.

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