Thousands take to streets after two polls give conservative academic more than 70% of the vote

Political outsider Kais Saied has thanked the country’s young people “for turning a new page” in Tunisia after exit polls pointed to a landslide victory for the conservative academic in a presidential runoff with media magnate Nabil Karoui.

In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Saied, an independent, scooped 72.5% of the vote according to the Emrhold exit poll, and 76.9% in the Sigma one – more than 40 points ahead of Karoui.

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