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Tunisia's Marzouki appeals results of presidential elections first round

Appeals filed by Interim President Marzouki will see the second round of Tunisia's presidential elections set back to 21 or 28 December

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Nov 2014
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Tunisia's Moncef Marzouki (Photo:Reuters)
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Tunisian Interim President Mouncef Marzouki has lodged an appeal against the results of the first round of presidential elections, where Beji Caid Essebsi was ahead on votes, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Saturday.

Al-Asaad Ben Ahmed, press officer for the Supreme Elections Commission, received Marzouki's appeal Friday, which was the deadline for lodging appeals.

Ben Ahmed added that Marzouki's eight appeals will lead to the postponement of the second round of elections to 21 or 28 December, instead of 14 December as initially planned in the case of no appeals being submitted.

The results of the first round showed that Essebsi lead the elections with 39.46 percent of votes, six percentage points ahead of Marzouki, AFP reported.

According to Marzouki's deputy campaign manager, quote by the Anadolu news agency, the appeals are based on "an assault on Marzouki on the day on elections and attempts to prevent him from casting his ballot, breaches of regulations on electoral silence, and the lack of neutrality, along with fraud and forgery."

The country's administrative court is to examine the appeals and come to a final decision on the elections results.

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