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Tunisia presidential run-off: Essebsi claims victory

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Tunisia presidential run-off: Essebsi claims victory

<p>Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi has declared victory in the country’s presidential run-off, although official results are not due until later on Monday, </p> <p>If confirmed, the win would consolidate his new secular party’s grip on power after defeating the main Islamist party in legislative elections in October.</p> <p>His campaign manager Mohsen Marzouk told supporters on Sunday night that: “According to the first indications from polling stations we can say that Beji Caid Essebsi has won the 2nd round.”</p> <p>Rival and incumbent president Moncef Marzouki has rejected the victory, reminding his voters that Essebsi’s early announcement was undemocratic and the country would have to wait for the official results.</p> <p>The 2011 Arab Spring first kicked off in Tunisia. Unlike Egypt and Libya, unity has been maintained and the international community is keen things stay that way.</p> <p>In last month’s first round Essebsi took 39 percent of the vote against Marzouki’s 33 percent.</p>