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Counting is taking place after voting closed in the Tunisian presidential election, seen as the culmination of the country's political transition following the Arab Spring uprising there almost four years ago. National television said early exit polls suggested the 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi is expected to win the poll. Turnout was lower than expected, as Naveena Kottoor reports from Tunis.
"It has been a very long election period. We had parliamentary elections here in October and the first round of presidential elections in November. And this was the third election in three months. So I think that explains why we are seeing lower turnout figures than people might have hoped for. Early days yet, but both candidates have given a press conference and have said that they would accept the results. One of them, Beji Caid Essebsi, the 88-year-old, leader of the Nidaa Tounes Party here, has already claimed victory. But I think we should wait until we have official election results.”
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. culmination n. 顶点，极点;高潮;极盛期;完成，成就
2. uprising n. 起义，暴动;升起
3. poll n. 民意调查;投票选举;投票数 v. 投票;作民意调查
4. parliamentary election [法] 国会选举，议会选举