Beji Caid Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

December 23, 2014 5:10 AM

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Tunis: Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi has won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Mr Essebsi beat rival and incumbent president Moncef Marzouki with 55.68 per cent of the vote against 44.32 per cent in Sunday's run-off ballot, according the results released on Monday by the electoral authorities. A former official under Ben Ali, Essebsi recast himself as a technocrat. His secular...

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