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Tunisia Urges More to Vote in Landmark Presidential Election

  • Signs of political disillusion in birthplace of Arab Spring
  • No clear front-runner in vote with 24 diverse candidates
Workers of Tunisia's Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) dispatch ballot boxes to polling stations in Tunis on Sept. 14

Workers of Tunisia's Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) dispatch ballot boxes to polling stations in Tunis on Sept. 14

Photographer: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

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Tunisians voted Sunday in elections featuring two-dozen presidential candidates, with authorities in the birthplace of the Arab Spring urging greater participation amid signs of political apathy.

It’s a show of political freedoms rare in the Arab world, where only Tunisia has emerged from the maelstrom of protests, coups and civil wars with a viable democracy. But the sheer variety of candidates and concern over turnout also pointed to rumbling discontent in the North African nation. Since 2011, it has been hobbled by political infighting and sporadic militant attacks that have sapped the economy.