Essebsi sworn in as Tunisian president

31/12/2014 (Alarabiya News – UAE): Tunisia’s 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi has been sworn in as president after landmark polls in the country.Essebsi won the race in December with 55.7% of the vote, against interim President Moncef Marzouki’s 44.3%.Unlike in previous presidential elections where ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali persecuted his rivals, Tunisians this year were able to choose their favorite from a pool of 27 candidates.“This is the first time we reach a second round,” political analyst Noureddine Mbarki told Al Arabiya News. “The margin was little in the first round, and even the second round, 10% is the margin that we see in developed democratic countries.”Essebsi won 39.46% of the votes on the Nov. 23 election, followed by Marzouki with 33.43 %…

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/31/Essebsi-sworn-in-as-Tunisian-president.html

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