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Kais Saied announces victory in Tunisia's presidential runoff

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-10-14 10:00
Tunisian presidential candidate Kais Saied and his wife Ichraf Chebil react after exit poll results were announced in a second round runoff of the presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia Oct 13, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

TUNIS - Tunisia's independent presidential candidate Kais Saied announced Sunday evening that he won the second round of presidential election.

"The state will continue with its international laws and obligations," Saied addressed his supporters after the preliminary results of the presidential election signalled a landslide win for him.

"Today, we are trying to build our new Tunisia based on trust and responsibility," Saied said.

According to a survey released by Tunisian company Sigma Conseil on Sunday, Saied, winning 76.9 percent of the votes, defeated Nabil Karoui, the leader of Heart of Tunisia party and media mogul, who won only 23.1 percent of the vote.

The victory of Saied was also confirmed by Emrod Consulting, another company specializing in opinion polls in Tunisia.

The supporters of Saied celebrated his victory in front of the headquarters of his election campaign, and many of them took to the streets chanting slogans of victory.

Tunisia's Independent High Authority for Election (ISIE) revealed on Sunday evening at a press conference that the national participation rate of the second round of the presidential election is about 57.8 percent after the completion of 70 percent of the counting process.

"Abroad, the participation rate is of 23.5 percent," the ISIE said.

Nabil Baffoun, president of the ISIE, said that some polling stations overseas will close on early Monday given the jet lag with the Tunisian capital.

The official results would be announced on Monday.

Earlier, Tunisian Interim President Mohamed Ennaceur said that Tunisia was moving toward a difficult stage that requires taking action and initiating reforms through a broad consensus and participation of different parties.

"It also requires solidarity between different social categories," he added.

Ennaceur told local media that the situation of the country requires establishment of a national dialogue uniting all parties and organizations.

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