Tunisia's Essebsi urges protestors to stay away from violence

Essebsi, the leader of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff poll with 55.68 percent of the vote.

Tunisia's Essebsi urges protestors to stay away from violence

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tunisia's President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday called on protesters against his electoral victory to stay away from violence.

"I appeal to all our sons in the south to stay away from violence," Essebsi said in a speech aired on state television.

Essebsi, the leader of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party, was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff poll with 55.68 percent of the vote.

Tunisia's election commission said that Essebsi's rival, incumbent Interim President Moncef Marzouki, had won 44.32 percent of the vote in Sunday's poll.

"I'm proud of being elected the first President of the second republic," Essebsi said.

"I will be a president for all Tunisians," he said, going on to thank Marzouki and pledged to work with him.

Meanwhile, Tunisia's caretaker President Moncef Marzouki has said that he will not challenge the results of the country's presidential runoff election.

"We will not go to courts or lodge appeals," Marzouki said in speech aired on national television late Monday.

"I'm preoccupied with stability and stability can be achieved by calming nerves," he said, going on to call on his supporters in southern provinces to calm down following the vote results.

Following the poll results, protesters torched the headquarters of Essebsi's party in the southern Tataouine province.

Tunisia's presidential election was the first to be held since the ouster of autocratic President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in a popular uprising in 2011.

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