Political outsider Kais Saied sworn in as Tunisia’s new president

Published October 23, 2019, 6:26 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

TUNIS – Kais Saied, a political outsider and retired law professor, was sworn in as Tunisian president on Wednesday after he won a landslide victory in this month’s election.

Tunisian presidential candidate Kais Saied reacts after exit poll results were announced in a second round runoff of the presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia October 13, 2019.  (REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)
Tunisian presidential candidate Kais Saied reacts after exit poll results were announced in a second round runoff of the presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia October 13, 2019.
(REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Saied’s victory delivered a heavy blow to a governing elite accused of failing to improve living standards or end corruption since the 2011 revolution that introduced democracy and ushered in the North African country.

 
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