Tunisia has finished voting in the presidential election runoff. Exit polls put the independent lawyer Kais Saied in the lead with 76 percent of the votes, with his challenger, businessman Nabil Karoui, on 24 percent. Turnout data indicate that 50% of voters went to the polls.
The elections were brought forward following the death in July of former president Beji Caid Essebsi, who had taken office after the elections held in 2014 following the protests that took place across the country in 2011, starting a long period of democratic transition. The elections were marked by a low turnout, uncertainty about the results of the parliamentary elections that would pave the way for a coalition government and the victory in the first round of the presidential elections, from among the 26 candidates admitted, of political figures far from the traditional party lines.