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Polling stations close in historic elections in Tunisia

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Polling stations have now closed in Tunisia’s historic presidential election.

This is the first ever ballot to directly elect the country’s leader and is a major step on the road to full democracy.

A revolution in 2011 ended the rule of President Ben Ali, and the country has since been held up as a model for a smooth transition to democratic rule.

An 87-year-old former Ben Ali official, Beji Caid Essebsi, is reported to be the fronrunner, alongside the current president Moncef Marzouki.

Nearly 30 presidential candidates are running after parliamentary elections last month.

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