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Islamist-backed candidate becomes first woman mayor of Tunisian capital

TUNIS: Islamist-backed candidate Souad Abderrahim defeated a city official who served under ousted despot Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday to become the first woman mayor of the Tunisian capital. "I dedicate this victory to all Tunisian women," Abderrahim said. "My first task will be to improve the face of Tunis." Deteriorating waste disposal services have blighted the capital since Ben Ali's 2011 overthrow in the first of that year's Arab Spring uprisings. The 53-year-old manager of a pharmaceutical firm, known…