The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced on Tuesday the final results of the presidential elections, which showed independent candidate Qais Sa حصولd with 18.4% of the vote, followed by arrested businessman and candidate of the Heart Party of Tunisia Nabil Karoui 15.5%, to go together to the second round.
The results showed that the candidate of the Ennahda Party, Abdel Fattah Moro, came in third place with 12.8%, while Defense Minister Abdel Karim Al-Zubaidi came fourth with 10.7% of the vote, followed by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed with 7.4% of the vote.
"The delay in the official announcement is due to the fact that it is accurate and it is necessary to complete the conformity of the voting minutes," the head of the Supreme Electoral Commission, Nabil Bafoun, told a news conference.
Traditional elections such as former President Moncef Marzouki, former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Democratic Current leader Mohamed Abbou and leftist candidate Hamma Hammami have all been reduced.
On the other hand, the elections witnessed the rise of non-traditional candidates, including Ahmed Al-Safi Said, Lotfi Al-Maraihi and Saif Al-Din Makhlouf.
On Sunday, early presidential elections took place amid an average turnout of 45 percent of voters, according to the Independent High Electoral Commission.
These results were considered a political earthquake, especially as they produced two candidates outside the Political Expectations Fund, namely: Qanuni Qais Saeed and detained on corruption charges denied by Nabil Karawi.
Results and messages
One of the messages contained in these results, according to observers, that the revolution continues to attract people, and that the Tunisian voter wanted to punish the existing system for its inability to find solutions to the next economic crisis.
Several months ago, the results of the poll showed the progress of Said, who adopted the slogan "People wants" as a symbol of his campaign, the most prominent slogans of the revolution that toppled the regime of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Speaking to Agence France-Presse, Said said on Tuesday in a commentary on the election results that voters had carried out a "legitimate revolution" within the framework of the Constitution, saying that they had sent a clear message and completely new, that they want something new.
He pointed out that he was first because he had not conducted a traditional election campaign, but an explanatory campaign centered on legal (constitutional) means that allow young people to realize their dreams and aspirations, and to be individuals who exercise their sovereignty every day.
In previous statements, Said had said that he would work to fulfill the demands of the revolution and fulfill the martyrs of Tunisia.
He added that he would endeavor to ensure that the rule of law would be the cornerstone of the conduct of public affairs and that it would abide by public will.
Until recently, Saeed was not included in the ruling coalition's calculations as a serious contender in the presidential race against high-caliber rivals, such as Ennahda candidate Abdel Fattah Moro, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and Defense Minister Abdel Karim Zubeidi.
But the 61-year-old, who advanced to the presidential race after collecting popular acclaim, made spectacular leaps in polls during the election period, and the polling day dealt a knockout blow to his rivals.
|Said considered his victory in the framework of the legitimate revolution (European)|
Significance and effects
The results obtained by Karoui reflect the importance of the social issue and the poverty situation in Tunisia.
On August 23, the villager was arrested following a judicial decision against him on charges of money laundering and corruption filed by an independent local organization.
According to political activist Mohammed al-Hadi al-Jabali, people saw villagers as a social savior, and the spaces left by the state were accessed through charity.
For his part, agrees political analyst Chakib Darwish, Jabali in his idea, stressing that what gave priority to the villager is his work to resist poverty.
In the context of the second round, said the member of the Independent High Electoral Commission Adel Albrensi that the failure of any of the candidates to get 50% of the votes, it is necessary to pass to the second round.
He explained that this role may begin on September 29 in the absence of any appeals, or will be on October 6 in the case of a single challenge, in which case the presidential elections will be in conjunction with the legislative, and in the case of more than one appeal Elections will be held on October 13.
Congratulations and roasting
In a statement issued before the final announcement of the results, Ennahda President Rashed Ghannouchi congratulated the winners of the first round of the presidential elections, Sa'id and Karoui, wishing that the second round would take place in the same positive climates as the first round.
Ghannouchi also expressed his great pride in the result obtained by the candidate of the Renaissance movement, Mr. Abdel Fattah Moro, despite the great delay in announcing his candidacy for the competition. Class of Tunisians.