Essebsi Claims Victory in Tunisia’s Election.

Official results are yet to be announced from the run-off election but one exit poll gave Essebsi 55.5% with several others showing similar figures.

Campaigners for his rival,President Moncef Marzouki, say the results are too close to call.

Critics say his success marks the return of a discredited establishment but Essebsi says he is a technocrat who will bring stability.

Supporters of the 88-year-old took to the city’s capital Tunis to celebrate his win.

Tunisia was the first country to depose its leader in the Arab Spring and inspired other uprisings in the region.

Tunisia boosted security for the elections and closed border posts with Libya which has been plagued by unrest.

Meanwhile, a group of at least four attackers targeted a polling station near the city of Kairouan on Sunday morning.

Security forces say they killed one attacker and arrested three.

By Anne Muchiri

Source: BBC News