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Tunisians vote in first free presidential polls

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Daughters of judge and presidential candidate Kalthoum Kannou, Sarra, right, and Mariam, raise their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes at a polling station in Tunis on Sunday. Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president since the 2011 protests. Photo - Reuters
Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president, in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 protests

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