According to state media, conservative law professor Kaïs Saïed has won the presidential run-off in Tunisia by a considerable margin. Saïed has received 76.9 percent of the vote, reported the state television station Wataniya, citing surveys of Sigma Conseil and Emhrod Consulting. His rival, the controversial media mogul Nabil Karoui, came to 23.1 percent.
The news of his victory sparked jubilation in Saïed's campaign headquarters in the capital, Tunis. Fireworks were fired in the city, and there were honking concerts. The official results are expected at the earliest on Tuesday.
"Kaïs Saïed, President of the Tunisian Republic," wrote the Ennahda party. 61-year-old independent candidate Saïed was supported by the moderate Islamist party. The Ennahda party had won the Tunisian parliamentary election a week ago and secured 52 of the 217 seats in parliament. Saïed was also assisted by former Tunisian interim president Moncef Marzouki.