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The law professor leads with more than half of the votes in Tunisia



TUNIS, Tunisia – With more than half of the votes in Tunisia's presidential election, a former Conservative Constitutional Law professor was in the lead.

The electoral body said on Monday that Kais Saied, 61, was the leader with 18.7%. It is said that 52% of the votes cast on Sunday were counted.

Media magnate Nabil Karoui, a more modernizing candidate, took second place with 15.5%. 56-year-old Karoui has been in prison since last month for money laundering and tax evasion, but was allowed to escape because he was not convicted.

Abdelfattah Mourou was on the moderate side, according to forecasts from Sunday evening after the vote. The Islamist party Ennahdha finished third with 13.1%.

Full results must be announced by Tuesday.

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