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Seen as model for Arab world in tumult, Tunisia's newly elected assembly starts work
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) ' Tunisia's newly elected assembly is holding its first meeting, tasked with shaping a constitution and a democratic future for the country that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.
A moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, has the most seats in the Constituent Assembly, which convened for the first time Tuesday in Tunis. Its members were elected last month in Tunisia's first free vote.
Tunisian protesters drove out their longtime president in January, setting off revolts in other Arab countries. Tunisia's new assembly is being watched as an example amid violence in Egypt ahead of elections there and escalating tensions in Syria.
The assembly has a year to write the constitution before new elections are held.