Unofficial exit polls suggest a runoff vote next month between the incumbent Moncef Marzouki and Béji Caid Essebsi. The outcome could affect the size of the Islamist participation in the cabinet.
Voters in Tunisia, where an uprising in 2011 triggered the Arab Spring, are heading to the polls today. The country's tough economy, including high unemployment, is the dominant issue.
Tunisia overcame deep political divisions to draft a constitution that has majority support, while other countries in the region have slid into violence and political infighting.
The Tunisian town of Matmata, better known as Luke Skywalker's home on planet Tatooine, was once swarmed by Star Wars fans. But now the otherworldly landscape is devoid of tourists.
Tunisia's political parties have battled for months over the role of Islam in public life as public services have deteriorated. Now a solid majority of Tunisians view political parties unfavorably.
In pre-revolution Tunisia, there was little room for entrepreneurs like Anis Aouini, who seeks to transform how Tunisians get energy, but lacked connections to the president.
In Tunisia, international donors like the World Bank aren't competing for influence with wealthy Gulf states, who have undermined democracy building elsewhere.
Islamists who came to power in Egypt and Tunisia on the heels of the 2011 uprisings say the challenges they faced were too immense to fix quickly, but critics say their missteps are to blame.
Tunisia's political camps are locked in a battle over the ruling Islamist party's mandate to lead – but it remains a war of words only.
As political turmoil rises in nearby Egypt, the assassination of a former opposition leader has roiled Tunisians, sending them into the streets to demand the transition stay on track.
Protests in Turkey are stirring debate in some Arab countries about the compatibility of Islam and democracy.
Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party began by reaching out to Salafist groups, but after fringe groups became increasingly violent, it changed gears, taking a hardline stance to reining them in.
Tunisians still revile ousted leader President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but admiration is rising for his predecessor, who had strongman tendencies of his own but also helped Tunisia flourish.
'The Fatwa Show' satirizes Islamic legal opinions, and is one of the most popular features on the new Arab world news and commentary website Free Arabs.
Tunisia has been spared most violence since ousting its longtime dictator. But Islamist extremism is growing, and young Tunisian men are heading overseas to fight.
A Tunisian playwright has adapted the Shakespeare tragedy – in which Macbeth's drive for power brings moral decline and war – to warn that political infighting could bring back darker days.
Eager to tamp down political instability, Tunisia's ruling Al Nahda party announced a new cabinet today that it hopes will allow the party to focus on political reform and the economy.
Standard and Poor's downgraded Tunisia's credit rating yesterday for the third time since former leader Ben Ali was ousted.
Tunisia's prime minister announced his resignation today after his own party rejected his plan to replace the current faltering government with one made up of technocrats.
Tunisia's leading party, the Islamist Ennahda, is struggling to deliver prosperity and stability. Even some supporters who flocked to the party after the revolution are questioning its performance – and what it should do next.
Tunisia's prime minister proposed forming a cabinet of apolitical technocrats to take Tunisia to elections, but did not consult his own Ennahda party or its secular coalition partners.
Most major parties say they must agree on a path forward in the wake of an opposition leader's assassination, a move some say marks a key evolution in Tunisia's transition to democracy.
The head of Tunisia's leading Islamist party told the AP that a new unity government would soon be announced in hopes of ending a political crisis caused by the assassination of an opposition figure.
Tens of thousands turned out for the burial today of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid. His assassination Wednesday prompted angry street protests across the country.
Egypt and Libya have been mired in constant violence and political turmoil since their uprisings, but Tunisia's transition was relatively smooth until yesterday's shooting of an opposition leader.