TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s electoral commission has officially announced the victory of Islamist-backed law professor Kais Saied in the country’s presidential election.
In a news conference Thursday, commission head Nabil Baffoun said the results were definitive since no appeal had been made to contest them.
Saied received 72.71% of the vote, while media mogul Nabil Karoui got 27.29%.
The 61-year-old Saied succeeds the late Beji Caid Essebsi, who died in office in July.
Saied ran as an independent candidate, but received support from the moderate Islamist party Ennahdha, which won Tunisia’s parliamentary election earlier this month.