Tunisia's 88-year-old Essebsi sworn in as president

Tunisia's newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi places his hand on the Koran or Muslim holy book during his swearing in ceremony on December 31, 2014 at the national assembly in TunisAnti-Islamist Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, was sworn in Wednesday as Tunisia’s first freely elected president vowing to work for national reconciliation, four years after an uprising that sparked the Arab Spring. The election of Essebsi, a veteran of previous regimes, is seen as a landmark for the North African nation, where longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in 2011. Essebsi’s victory over outgoing president Moncef Marzouki capped Tunisia’s sometimes troubled transition to democracy and has won praise from Western leaders. “There is no future for Tunisia without consensus among political parties and members of civil society,” he said.

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