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Essebsi wins Tunisia presidency

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Eighty-eight-year-old veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia’s first free presidential election, according to results released on Monday.

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I dedicate my victory to the martyrs of the Tunisian revolution.

The head of the country’s electoral commission said Essebsi took over 55% of the vote, while his opponent, caretaker president and former rights activist Moncef Marzouki, trailed with 44%.

Essebsi, who served under ousted president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, dedicated his victory to the “martyrs” of the revolution and said he would represent all Tunisians.

But his critics say his victory is a return of the old guard. and rioting broke out in the city of Hamma, as angry youths demonstrated in the street, shouting “No to the old regime.”