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For the past seven years, Tunisian municipal elections have been repeatedly postponed due to various difficulties within the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) and the government's delays in drafting a new Code on Local Authorities, which Parliament passed only 10 days before the elections.However, the Islamist party has lost momentum and voters since the last legislative election.Nidaa Tounes' lower vote share of 22.17 percent – compared to 37.56 percent in the 2014 legislative elections – shows that many are critical of the policies of this dominant political force. More surprisingly, the elections showed a breakthrough of independent lists, which together accumulated 32.9 percent of votes and thus gained the highest number of seats.
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