Tunisia's independent candidate Kais Saied won the second round of the presidential election held Sunday with 72.71 percent of the votes.

Iran PressIran news: Kais Saied secured 2.7 million votes against one million received by his opponent, Nabil Karoui, in Sunday's runoff vote, announced Tunisia's Independent High Authority for Election (ISIE) on Monday.

The turnout in Tunisia's second free presidential election stood at 55 percent, higher than the first round on September 15.  

Kais Saied, a 61-year-old constitutional law expert, campaigned upon the values of the 2011 revolution, based on opposition to Westernized and corrupt elites, and in favor of radical decentralization.

The election was brought forward after the death of the country's first democratically elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi in July.

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