New president for 'country of the year' makes history

December 22, 2014 4:19 PM

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New president for 'country of the year' makes history

(CNN) -- It's widely considered the only place in which seeds planted during the "Arab Spring" may have grown into the first sprouts of democracy. And now, Tunisia officially has a new president-elect.

Long-time politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's runoff with about 55% of the vote, beating outgoing President Moncef Marzouki's 44%, state-run media reported Monday.

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