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Tunisia holds first post-revolution presidential poll

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:02 -- Henri Ahyite

The polls have closed after Tunisia's first presidential election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" that triggered uprisings across the region.

About 54% of the electorate took part, with no reports of any violence.

Interim president Moncef Marzouki and anti-Islamist leader Beji Caid Essebsi were touted as the favourites in a field of more than 25 candidates.

Both campaigns claimed to have won the most votes but admitted that a second round of voting next month was likely.

The official results are due out later this week and if no candidate wins more than 50%, a run-off will be held on 31 December.

The poll forms part of a political transition after the revolution that ousted Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Mehrdad Farahmand: "There is a general feeling of optimism amongst the Tunisian voters"

A parliamentary vote was held in October.