It only took 10 minutes for Fakher Hmidi to slip out of his house, past the cafes where unemployed men spend their days, and reach the creek through the mud flats where a small boat would ferry him to the migrant ship heading from Tunisia to Italy.
Tunisia's new president, Kais Saied, won a landslide victory in the country's second-ever democratic election. Yet as remarkable as his margin of victory has been, it was the election process that has won Tunisia wide praise. Live US-style presidential debates -- a first for the region with all candidates present -- wowed audiences across the Middle East, with millions tuning in.
As the crowds gathered outside the ornate, colonial-era theater in Tunis' Bourguiba Street after exit polls declared a landslide election win for Kais Saied late on Sunday, Amel Bahrini decided she had to be there.
Kais Saied, a political outsider who is backed by leftists and Islamists and wants to remake national politics, is set to become Tunisia's president after his opponent conceded defeat in Sunday's election.
Supporters of retired law professor Kais Saied celebrated into Monday morning after exit polls indicated he won Tunisia's presidential election, a victory they hailed as a revival of the 2011 revolution that brought democracy.
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