Tunisia Votes for President, Country’s Future
Tunisians head to the polls today for a presidential runoff election. They’ll choose between the Paris-educated, octogenarian statesman Beji Caid Essebsi, and former human rights activist and interim president Moncef Marzouki, 69. Essebsi, whose political career harks back to the early days of Tunisian independence, leads the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party; Marzouki, on the other hand, is popular in the conservative south. The new constitution will put the victor in charge of security, defense and foreign affairs, but with limited powers to appoint or dismiss senior officials.