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Tunisia: Independent takes lead in presidential poll

Tunisia: Independent takes lead in presidential poll
Kais Saied takes 19%, Nabil Karoui 14.9%, Abdelfattah Mourou 13.1%

TUNIS, Tunisia (AA) - With more than one fourth of votes sorted, the first round of the Tunisian presidential election showed on Monday Kais Saied, Nabil Karoui and Abdelfattah Mourou with a shot at qualifying for the second round.

Kais Saied, an independent candidate, garnered 19% of the vote, with Nabil Karoui of the Qalb Tounes (Heart of Tunisia) party taking 14.9% and Abdelfattah Mourou of the Ennahdha party receiving 13.1%.

Presidential elections are being held early in the country after the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, its first democratically-elected president.

In Tunisia's electoral system, a candidate is required to receive a majority of votes to win the presidential ballot. If no candidate gets a majority in the first round, the two candidates with most votes will face off in a second, decisive round.

In this case, it appears that Saied and Karoui will complete in the next round, as both are projected with little chance of taking a majority of votes.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

source: News Feed
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