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President Ben Ali easily reelected for fifth term

October 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Tunisia's President Zine el Abidine ben Ali was reelected for a fifth term with an overwhelming 89% of the vote -- his weakest performance yet but more than enough to show his solid grip on the nation.

Ben Ali was last reelected in 2004 with more than 94% and previously had received 99% of the vote on two occasions. He took power in a bloodless coup in 1987.

This time around, Ben Ali, who is 73, was running for his last mandate under the current constitution, which sets the age limit for a presidential candidate at 75.

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