Tunisian general election, 2009

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Tunisian general election, 2009

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Turnout 89.45%
  Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.jpg
Nominee Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Mohamed Bouchiha
Popular vote 4,238,711 236,955
Percentage 89.62% 5.01%

Nominee Ahmed Inoubli Ahmed Brahim
Party UDU Ettajdid
Popular vote 179,726 74,257
Percentage 3.80% 1.57%

President before election

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Elected President

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

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Presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Tunisia on 25 October 2009.[1] Results released on 26 October 2009 indicated a substantial victory for incumbent President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who won the reelection for a fifth five-year term, and the governing Constitutional Democratic Rally. It was the last election contested under the Ben Ali regime, prior to the Tunisian Revolution.


The African Union sent a team of election observers to cover the election. The delegation was led by Benjamin Bounkoulou who described the election as "free and fair".[2] However, a spokesperson from the United States State Department indicated that Tunisia did not allow international monitoring of elections, but the U.S. was still committed to working with the president of Tunisia and its government.[3] There also were reports of mistreatment of an opposition candidate.[4]


The Interior Ministry released the official results for the election on Monday 26 October 2009.[5] Voter turnout was recorded at 89.40% with 4,447,388 of Tunisia's 5.3 million registered voters participating.[6] In the presidential race, incumbent president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali won 89.62% of the vote.[5] His nearest rivals were Mohamed Bouchiha with 5.01% of the vote and Ahmed Inoubli with 3.80%, and Ahmed Brahum with 1.57%.[5]

In the Chamber of Deputies election, the Democratic Constitutional Rally, which had governed continuously from Tunisia's independence from France in 1956 until the Tunisian Revolution, won 84.59% of the vote and 161 seats.[5][6] The Movement of Socialist Democrats won 16 seats with 4.63% of the vote, the Popular Unity Party won 12 seats and 3.39% of votes, The Unionist Democratic Union won 9 seats with 2.56%.[6] The remaining 16 seats were divided between the Social Liberal Party, who won eight seats, the Green Party for Progress, who won six and the Movement Ettajdid who won two seats.[6]

e • d Summary of the 25 October 2009 Tunisian presidential election results
Candidates Parties Votes %
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Constitutional Democratic Rally 4,238,711 89.62
Mohamed Bouchiha Popular Unity Party 236,955 5.01
Ahmed Inoubli Unionist Democratic Union 179,726 3.80
Ahmed Brahim Ettajdid Movement 74,257 1.57
Valid votes 4,729,649 99.84
Blank or invalid votes 7,718 0.16
Total 4,737,367 100.00
Voter turnout 89.45
Electorate 5,296,008
Source: POGAR, (in French) Business News
e • d Summary of the 25 October 2009 Tunisian Chamber of Deputies election results
Parties Votes % Seats +/−
Constitutional Democratic Rally 3,754,559 84.59 161 +9
Movement of Socialist Democrats 205,374 4.63 16 +2
Popular Unity Party 150,639 3.39 12 +1
Unionist Democratic Union 113,773 2.56 9 +2
Social Liberal Party 99,468 2.24 8 +6
Green Party for Progress 74,185 1.67 6 +6
Ettajdid Movement 22,206 0.50 2 −1
Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties 5,329 0.12 0
Progressive Democratic Party 1,412 0.03 0
Independent lists 11,552 0.26 0
Valid votes 4,438,497 99.80 214 +25
Blank or invalid votes 8,891 0.20
Total 4,447,388 100.00
Voter turnout 89.40
Electorate 4,974,707
Source: POGAR, (in French) Business News


  1. ^ (in French) Official decree of July 7, 2009[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Tunisian president in fifth win, BBC News, October 26, 2009.
  3. ^ World datelines, Deseret News, Oct. 27, 2009
  4. ^ Opposition leader who gave TV interview in Paris is beaten by police on his return Menassat, October 1st, 2009
  5. ^ a b c d Fifth term for Tunisia's president, Press Association, October 26, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d A parliamentary majority for the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) with 89.59%[permanent dead link], Tunisia Online News, October 26, 2009.

External links

  • Presidential and Legislative Elections in Tunisia - 2009


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