Newly elected leader says Tunisia has 'turned page'

Supporters of newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi celebrate after his victory on December 22, 2014 in TunisTunisia’s new leader Beji Caid Essebsi said the country has turned the page on dictatorship after a presidential vote that European observers hailed on Tuesday as “credible and transparent”. Essebsi, an 88-year-old who served under previous Tunisian regimes, was on Monday declared the winner of a vote seen as a landmark for the birthplace of the Arab Spring. His election rounded off Tunisia’s transition to democracy and has won praise from Western leaders including US President Barack Obama. European Union observers reported on Tuesday that Tunisians had voted “for the first time in a credible and transparent presidential election”.

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