A child holds a flyer as supporters of Tunisian newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi celebrate after his victory on December 22, 2014 in Tunis.(AFP/ FETHI BELAID)
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Tunisia's presidential vote has been hailed as a landmark, but some veterans of the 2011 revolution fear the victory of an 88-year-old from the old guard will bring a return to repression.Essebsi's Nidaa Tounes Party also includes many members of Ben Ali's old party.Jihadis have claimed the 2013 murders of two secular politicians that had threatened to derail Tunisia's post-Arab Spring transition until a compromise government was formed in January this year.The victory of Essebsi, who won 55.68 percent of votes in the second round, has left Marzouki supporters bracing for a reversal of postrevolution freedoms.Essebsi's Nidaa Tounes Party won landmark legislative elections in October and is set to form the next government.Supporters of the outgoing president fear that Tunisia's media will be largely deferential to the new leadership, as they were to Ben Ali.
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