Tunisian president-elect takes oath of office

Tunisian president-elect takes oath of office
# 23 October 2019 18:14 (UTC +04:00)

Tunisia's newly elected President Kais Saied took an oath on Wednesday at the Assembly of People's Representatives' headquarters in the capital Tunis, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The session was attended by senior officials of the country and members of the diplomatic corps in Tunisia.

According to Article 76 of the Tunisian Constitution, the elected president took the oath for the next five years before assuming his duty as president.

"I swear by Almighty God to safeguard the independence of the homeland and the integrity of its territory, to respect the Constitution of the country and its legislation, to watch over its interests and to owe it allegiance," Saied said.

After taking the oath before the parliament, Kais Saied headed to the Carthage Palace in a formal procession where the handover ceremony took place with the acting President Mohamed Ennaceur.

Saied won the second round of the presidential election on Oct. 13 with 72.71 percent of the vote against 27.29 percent garnered by his contender Nabil Karoui, a businessman.

He stressed that the dignity of the homeland is of the dignity of its citizens.

Saied encouraged the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.