Veteran wins Tunisia presidency

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Published: Monday 22nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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An 88-year-old former government minister has won Tunisia’s presidential run-off with 55.68% of the vote.

The election of Beji Caid Essebsi, whose party dominated legislative elections back in October, completes Tunisia’s democratic transition after the overthrow of its dictator in 2011.

Outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki received 44.32% of the vote, election commission chief Chafik Sarsar said today.

Exit polls had predicted similar results soon after polls closed last night.

Voting was largely pronounced free and fair with a participation rate of 60%, less than the nearly 70% in the previous round and legislative elections.

Published: Monday 22nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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