Beji Caid Essebsi

Essebsi leads presidential vote

The run-off battle in Tunisia’s first free presidential election gets underway Wednesday, after secular frontrunners Beji Caid Essebsi and incumbent Moncef Marzouki finished top in the first round. Political veteran Essebsi, 87, came out ahead in the first round vote at the weekend, securing 39.46 percent of votes cast, six percentage[…]

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Ben Ali cohorts eye comeback in Tunisia polls

They became figures of hate during the “Arab Spring” revolution, but stalwarts of Tunisia’s ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali are planning a political comeback in upcoming elections. The polls, seen as a milestone in the post-Ben Ali transition, come nearly four years after the self-immolation of a Tunisian street[…]

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