After 22 years in power, Tunisia’s president has been re-elected for another term by a massive margin. Final results show Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali won Sunday’s poll with nearly 90 percent of the vote. The president’s nearest rival, Mohamed Bouchiha, won only five percent support.
International human rights groups say the ballot was tainted by an atmosphere of repression. Critics point to the massive difference in pre-election media coverage given to other candidates compared to the president who denies that he stifles free speech.