Tunisia has spoken and they want Robocop! Kais Saied, the 61-year old newly elected president of Tunisia, was an independent candidate with little political experience whose demeanor and insistence on giving speeches in classical Arabic (not local dialect) earned him the nickname Robocop. An outsider during Ben Ali’s regime, Saied is a conservative from the Ariana district in the capital of Tunis, a heavily Islamist enclave. In 2014, he served on the committee of experts that supported parliament during the drafting of Tunisia’s post-revolution constitution. Despite a platform opposing LGBTQ rights, equal inheritance for men and women and supporting the death penalty, Saied’s landslide victory was largely thanks to a strong turnout from Tunisia’s youth. Polling estimates that 90 percent of 18 to 25 year-olds voted for Saied, compared with 49.2 percent of voters over 60 years of age. His rival, Nabil Karoui, who was newly released from jail for tax fraud and money laundering charges, only secured an estimated 1 million votes. What is striking is that Tunisians resoundingly rejected the establishment, including Ennahda – the opposition party. Kais's commitment to eradicating corruption and supporting decentralization efforts to empower local governance of cities and municipalities spoke to the voters. When a delegation from Tunisia visited with us last month, they emphasized that Tunisians are still struggling with excessively high inflation and unemployment rates, and tepid economic growth. As we explained recently in Countdown, those aren't issues the President alone can solve, but this election has shown that Tunisians have chosen change.