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Tunisians vote for new leader in presidential election

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Tunisians have been voting in a presidential election on Sunday as they choose a new leader following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi.

This is the second time Tunisia is holding a free presidential election since 2011 when an uprising toppled ex-president Ben Ali.

There are no overwhelming front-runners in this election though. Polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT at most polling centres.

There are 26 candidates vying for the presidency including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and two former prime ministers.

There is also a former president and the defence minister running for the top job. They are all hoping to win outright.

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A candidate needs a majority of votes to win the election. If none of them wins more than 50% then there would be a second round run-off.

The two candidates with most votes will face a second, decisive round in the event of a second round.

Former President Essebsi won Tunisia’s first free presidential elections in 2014.  He died at 92 this year – at the time the oldest sitting president in the world.

Parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur is currently acting as interim president.

Meanwhile parliamentary elections will take place on October 6.



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