Polls open in decisive Tunisian presidential election round

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FILE PHOTO: Tunisian presidential candidates Nabil Karoui and Kais Saied shake hands before a televised debate ahead of Sunday’s second-round runoff election in Tunis, Tunisia October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

TUNIS (Reuters) – Polls opened in Tunisia on Sunday for the decisive second-round of the presidential election between media mogul Nabil Karoui and independent retired law professor Kais Saied.

The two beat 24 other candidates including some of Tunisia’s most powerful politicians in the first round poll on September 15 to advance to the run-off, with Saied taking 18.4% of votes and Karoui 15.6%.

Reporting by Tarek Amara, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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