Tunisia's secular party Nidaa Tounes ahead in parliament election: source

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Posted: Oct 27, 2014 1:44 AM

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's leading secular party Nidaa Tounes has won more than 80 seats in an election for the new 217-member parliament against 67 seats for Islamist party Ennahda, according to a party source based on a preliminary ballot count.

Election authorities are expected to announce official results on Monday, but if confirmed the result would be a setback for Ennahda, which won the most seats in 2011 in the first free election after the fall of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Kim Coghill)