Kais Saied officially wins Tunisia's presidential election

Tunisia's electoral commission has officially announced the victory of Islamist-backed law professor Kais Saied in the country's presidential election

In a news conference Thursday, commission head Nabil Baffoun said the results were definitive since no appeal had been made to contest them.

Saied received 72.71% of the vote, while media mogul Nabil Karoui got 27.29%.

The 61-year-old Saied succeeds the late Beji Caid Essebsi, who died in office in July.

Parliament is expected to soon set a date for an extraordinary session during which the new president will be sworn in and formally start his five-year mandate.