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Nov 23, 2014 2:32 AM

Tunisians vote for a new president

The Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) Tunisians have lined up at polling stations to vote in their North African country's first free and open presidential election.

Sunday's vote marks the long awaited completion of a rocky transition to democracy after Tunisians electrified the region by overthrowing dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, kicking off the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings.

The front runner among the nearly two dozen presidential candidates is 87-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran politician from the previous regime who has gained people support with talk of a return to stability after years of economic and political turmoil.

If no candidate gains an outright majority, the vote will go to a run off held in one month.

Alone among the countries of the Arab Spring, Tunisia's transition has remained on track.


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