Tunisian voters have convincingly elected Kais Saied as their new President on Sunday, October 13th in the second round of this year’s presidential elections. The President, an independent conservative politician, received around 72 percent of the total votes with a voter turnout of 57.8 percent. He will be Tunisia’s second democratically elected President following Beji Caid Essebsi’s death in July this year. Essebsi took office in 2014 in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and maintained the country relatively stable during his presidency. Nonetheless, this year’s elections put Tunisia’s young democratic system to the test and it has proven to function in an apt and capable way.
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