Tunisia in landmark vote for president

21/12/2014 (Al Arabya News – UAE): 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 on Sunday 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.”The vigilance of the soldiers and the swiftness of their response thwarted this operation and led to the death of a man armed with a hunting rifle and the arrest of three suspects,” ministry spokesman Belhassan Oueslati told AFP.The runoff pits 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, who held the post through an alliance with the moderate Islamist movement Ennahda…

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/21/Tunisians-vote-in-historic-presidential-run-off.html

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