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PHOENIX (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy started applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.
Veteran anti-Islamist politician Beji Caid Essebsi was declared the winner of Tunisia's first free presidential election on Monday, capping off the transition to democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Essebsi, an 88-year-old former official in previous Tunisian regimes, took 55.68 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Moncef Marzouki in Sunday's run-off, the electoral commission said. US President Barack Obama congratulated Essebsi and hailed the vote as "a vital step toward the completion of Tunisia's momentous transition to democracy", a White House statement said. Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of the European Union, which sent an observer mission for the election, praised Tunisians for sending "a message of hope to all the people who, like them, aspire to a future that's more peaceful, democratic and prosperous".