Exit polls from today’s nationwide parliamentary elections suggest that the pro-Islamic Ennahda came in first, followed by the newly established Qalb Tounes, or Heart of Tunisia, led by jailed tycoon Nabil Karaoui, who will be in the Oct. 13 presidential runoff. The polling outfit Sigma Conseil said Ennahda had received 17.5% and Qalb Tounes 15.6%. Emhrod, another polling company, also showed Rachid Ghannouchi’s Ennahda in the lead with 18.3% and Qalb Tounes with 16.3%.
Ghannouchi, who ran for the first time since Tunisia’s 2011 Jasmine Revolution, won a seat. This might allow him to become parliament speaker, a position he is thought to be coveting after remaining out of government all these years.