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Major Upset in Tunisian Elections Sees Outsider Sworn-In

Monday, October 28, 2019

Kais Saied, a 61-year-old law professor with no prior political experience has been sworn in as Tunisia’s new president. In a runoff election on October 13, Saied won just over 72 percent of the votes, while his opponent, Nabil Karoui, took only 27% of the votes cast.

Saied was buoyed by support from the country’s youth who came out in high numbers to elect the new president. Saied has vowed to fight corruption and promote social justice, while saying access to healthcare and water is part of national security. The president elect has promised to decentralize government and the process through which representatives are elected to the popular assembly.