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Tunisians vote for new parliament as Arab Spring democratic transition nears fruition

  • A Tunisian man shows his ink-stained finger in front of a Tunisian flag after voting for the country's parliamentary elections outside the Tunisian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. On Sunday, Tunisians will vote for their first five-year parliament since they overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, marking the end of the democratic transition that they alone among the pro-democracy Arab Spring uprisings have managed to achieve. Now, many Tunisians are expressing disillusionment over democracy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A Tunisian man shows his ink-stained finger in front of a Tunisian flag after voting for the country's parliamentary elections outside the Tunisian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. On Sunday, Tunisians will vote for their first five-year parliament since they overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, marking the end of the democratic transition that they alone among the pro-democracy Arab Spring uprisings have managed to achieve. Now, many Tunisians are expressing disillusionment over democracy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, a supporter of the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party waves party flags during a campaign rally in Tunis. Tunisians vote Sunday to elect a permanent parliament and complete a democratic transition that began when they overthrew their long-ruling dictator in 2011. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)

    In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, a supporter of the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party waves party flags during a campaign rally in Tunis. Tunisians vote Sunday to elect a permanent parliament and complete a democratic transition that began when they overthrew their long-ruling dictator in 2011. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Tunisian flashes a v-sign as he waits to vote at the entrance to a polling station in Ben Arous, a city south of Tunis, Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. Tunisians lined up Sunday to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)

    A Tunisian flashes a v-sign as he waits to vote at the entrance to a polling station in Ben Arous, a city south of Tunis, Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. Tunisians lined up Sunday to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)  (The Associated Press)

Tunisians were lining up to vote early in the morning to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring.

In the affluent Tunisian neighborhood of Sukra, Tunisians braved the occasional rain shower on Sunday to line up as the polling stations opened.

There has been discontent over the slow pace of change and the continued economic problems following the revolution that was partly carried out over the lack of jobs.

The country has been rocked by turmoil in the last three and a half years, including political assassinations, labor unrest, high inflation and attacks from Islamist extremists.

Still, Tunisia's democratic transition has remained on track, unlike in other countries that experienced Arab Spring uprisings.