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In Tunisia 88Yr old Beji Caid Essebsi wins Presidential elections

88-year-old Essebsi won 55.68% of the votes in the elections which held on Sunday, December 21, to defeat caretaker President Moncef Marzouki  who garnered 44.32% of the votes.

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Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia's presidential elections held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 play

Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia's presidential elections held on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Caretaker President of Tunisia, Moncef-Marzouki (pictured) lost to Beji Caid Essebsi in elections held on Sunday, December 21, 2014. play

Caretaker President of Tunisia, Moncef-Marzouki (pictured) lost to Beji Caid Essebsi in elections held on Sunday, December 21, 2014.

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Tunisian politician, Beji Caid Essebsi has been named the winner of the country’s first free presidential poll.

88-year-old Essebsi won 55.68% of the votes in the elections which held on Sunday, December 21, to defeat caretaker President Moncef Marzouki  who garnered 44.32% of the votes.

The election results were announced on Monday, December 22, by the head of the electoral commission, Chafik Sarsar.

Essebsi, a veteran who previously served under President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali, urged all Tunisians to "work together" for stability.

This is the first time that Tunisians have been able to vote freely for a president since gaining independence from France in 1956.

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