Tunisia's President-elect Essebsi to resign from party

Essebsi vowed to respect the Tunisian constitution, which prohibits the head of state from holding a party position during his tenure

Tunisia's President-elect Essebsi to resign from party

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tunisian President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi announced on Wednesday that he would quit his post as head of the secularist Nidaa Tounes party within two days.

Speaking at a press conference in Tunis, Essebsi, 88, vowed to respect the Tunisian constitution, which prohibits the head of state from holding a party position during his tenure.

"I will stand up for all Tunisians regardless of any past mistakes," Essebsi said, following a meeting between representatives of his party and its electoral allies.

He added that there were "many challenges" in forming a new Tunisian government, but vowed that his party "will not rule alone."

Essebsi was declared winner of a hotly-contested presidential run-off vote held on Sunday, garnering 55.68 percent of the vote.

His rival, outgoing interim President Moncef Marzouki, received 44.32 percent of votes.

Sunday's presidential election is seen as the last step in the country's transition to democracy following the ouster of autocratic President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in a popular uprising in 2011.

 

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