Good news on today’s elections in Tunisia. From AFP:

Tunisians voted Sunday in an election seen as critical for democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring, with the main secular party confident of a strong showing as the vote count started.

US President Barack Obama hailed the North African country’s first parliamentary election since its 2011 revolution as “an important milestone in Tunisia’s historic political transition”.

Security forces were heavily deployed to avert extremist attacks on a day when 60 percent of an electorate of five million people voted for a 217-seat parliament under a new constitution drafted in January.

And here are some of the wonderful pictures from this “historic” day:

And this is a nice sight: women standing guard as democracy moves forward:

Take that, ISIS!

Exit question: Will Americans ever look this excited to vote?


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