File - Supporters of Beji Caid Essebsi, Nidaa Tounes party leader and presidential candidate, hold up placards with pictures of Essebsi during a presidential electoral campaign rally in Tunis in this November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisia's old regime hopes makeover can win it the pollsIn the corner of his office, Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi keeps a bust of Habib Bourguiba, who led the country in 1957 after its independence from France. However, the race between Essebsi and incumbent President Moncef Marzouki, the human rights activist named president after the first free election of 2011, is also dominated by questions over the return of those who were close to Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia.Following that, Essebsi secured 39 percent in the first presidential round in November against 33 percent for Marzouki.The presidential candidate, who was once Ben Ali's parliamentary speaker, distances himself from the corruption and abuses associated with the past regime. Instead he offers his experience as a statesman that he says Tunisia needs after three years of instability.The first president of Tunisia, Bourguiba ruled for 20 years before being removed by Ben Ali and kept under house arrest until his death.
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