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Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

Dec 22, 2014    

TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi 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.Essebsi beat rival and incumbent Moncef Marzouki with 55.68 percent of the vote against 44.32 percent in Sunday's run-off ballot between the two men, according the results released on Monday by the electoral authorities.A former official under Ben Ali, Essebsi recast himself as a technocrat. His secular party Nidaa Tounes - Call for Tunisia - profited from a backl...

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