October 27, 2011 / 10:16 PM / 9 years ago

Protesters set fire to mayor's office in Tunisian town

TUNIS, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Tunisian supporters of an opposition party whose votes were discounted in a provincial town for irregularities set the mayor’s office on fire in protest on Thursday, witnesses said.

Tunisian police also used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Sidi Bouzid who backed the Popular List party run by businessman Hachmi Hamdi.

Election officials earlier said they were cancelling seats won by Hamdi’s party in six electoral districts because of campaign finance violations. The party won many votes in Sidi Bouzid. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Andrew Hammond; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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