In Tunisia, retired law professor Kaïs Saïed is poised to be the next president, after preliminary results from Sunday’s election showed him with a landslide lead over his opponent, a multimillionaire TV mogul who had been arrested on charges of money laundering and tax fraud. Celebrations filled the streets of Tunis after the early results were announced.
Latifa: “I am so very happy. I am so happy with youth, who in 2011 held a revolution and have today nominated the president with wisdom. With hope, I salute Tunisia’s youth. They are our future. They are everything. They are the ones who brought back our revolution today.”
Professor Kaïs Saïed helped parliament draft Tunisia’s post-Arab Spring constitution and ran on a message of integrity and anti-corruption. But some have criticized his conservative views, which include opposing equal inheritance for men and women and plans to reinstate the death penalty.