Tunisia`s leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has secured a landslide victory in the presidential election, gaining almost 90% of the votes, according toBBC.

Official figures say Tunisia`s presidential and legislative polls attracted an 84% turnout of voters.

The president-elect will serve another five-year mandate.

The head of the African Union observer delegation, Benjamin Boungolous, described Sunday`s election as free and fair, but opposition groups cried foul.

They said there was no genuine freedom of choice during the election.

The Tunisian president`s ruling party, the Constitutional Democratic Rally, also held onto the vast majority of seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

Legislative polls in Tunisia are for the distribution of 189 seats in parliament.

Mr Ben Ali has been in power for 23 years and this was his fifth contest at the polls.

But in an election that is often described as one where the only suspense lies in what percentage of the vote is declared in favour of Mr Ben Ali, the only shock may well be that it was the first time he has won less than 94% of the vote, says the BBC`s Rana Jawad in Tunis.

Results in 2004 gave him nearly 95% of the vote.