An exit poll has placed Media mogul and Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui at second place in the first round of Tunisia's presidential elections on Sunday. The exit poll projects that Karoui received 15.5 percent of the vote, while another outsider and independent candidate, Kais Saied, came first with 19.5 per cent.

Footage filmed in Tunis on Sunday shows supporters of Karoui waving flags and celebrating the projected victory.

Karoui himself was absent from any celebrations as he is currently in jail on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

Official preliminary results are expected to be published on Tuesday, after which the top two candidates will move forward to a second round of voting expected by October 13.

Sunday's Presidential elections are the second to take place since the Jasmine revolution in 2010-2011 which saw president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali removed from office.

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