2014 Presidential Elections of Tunisia results declared; Beji Caid Essebsi won the elections

Dec 23, 2014 19:07 IST

The results of 2014 Presidential elections of Tunisia were declared on 22 December 2014. Beji Caid Essebsi of Nidaa Tounes party won the elections with 55.68 percent of the run-off vote.

On the other hand, his rival and incumbent Moncef Marzouki's won 44.32 percent of the votes.

In the first round of voting no candidate won a majority leading to a second round of voting on 21 December 2014 to decide between incumbent Moncef Marzouki and Essebsi.

Essebsi's victory will enable him to consolidate power, with his party already controlling Parliament after defeating the main Islamist party in legislative elections in October 2014.

88-year old Essebsi is a veteran of Tunisia’s political establishment. He was the Prime Minister of Tunisia from 27 February 2011 to 24 December 2011. Before that he was both Foreign and Interior Minister for his predecessor, Habib Bourguiba. He is the founder of the Nidaa Tounes party.

Comment

The Tunisian Presidential elections were held on 23 November 2014 and were the first regular Presidential elections of Tunisia held after the Arab revolution in 2011 and adoption of the Constitution in January 2014.

These elections were also the first free presidential elections of Tunisia since its independence from France in 1956.

The elections saw a voter turnout of 60.11 percent and were pronounced free and fair. However, the voter turnout was less than the nearly 70 percent in the legislative elections in October 2014.

The election of President marked the final step in the country's transition to full democracy, four years after the Arab Revolution of 2011 toppled long-time leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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