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Old-guard insider wins Tunisian presidency, preliminary count shows

Old-guard insider wins Tunisian presidency, preliminary count shows

In a triumph of the old guard, a former senior member of Tunisia’s pre-revolution government has won the presidency, according to official preliminary results released Monday.

Though the results did not represent the full final count, Tunisia’s election commission declared 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi the winner of Sunday’s runoff vote. The news set off car-honking celebrations in the capital, Tunis, among his supporters.

The preliminary figures, echoing those of exit polls released soon after balloting ended Sunday, pointed to a more than 10-percentage-point disparity between Essebsi and his rival, Moncef Marzouki, 69, a former human rights activist and the...

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