Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi’s campaign team said initial indications showed he had won Sunday’s run-off election by a clear margin over rival Moncef Marzouki, in an announcement that was contested by the rival campaign team of the incumbent president.
Preliminary official results have still to be released by election authorities. But his campaign manager Mohsen Marzouk said “indications” showed Essebsi had won the first free presidential election since the country’s 2011 uprising.
He gave no details, but Tunisian parties often have observers at polling stations to observe preliminary counting.
But Marzouki’s campaign said the announcement was baseless.
Polls opened Sunday in the second round of Tunisia’s first free presidential election, in the final leg of an at times bumpy four-year transition from dictatorship.
The voting was mired by violence early in the day when Tunisian troops killed a gunman and captured three others after they attacked soldiers guarding ballot papers for the country’s presidential vote, the defense ministry said.
The pre-dawn attack targeted a school in the central region of Kairouan where the ballot papers had been stored under army guard… see more