Calm returns to Tunisia after demonstrations broke out over election results

Tunisia's Interior Ministry says calm has returned to the country after riots broke out in several cities following the country's presidential elections.

Mohammed Ali Aroui, the ministry spokesman, said Tuesday the situation was now stable after policemen used teargas to disperse angry protesters.

Demonstrations erupted in the cities of Gabes, Tataouine, Douz and the Tunis suburb of Kram after old regime symbol Beji Caid Essebsi won the presidential elections.

Sunday's elections marked the end of the democratic transition that began with the revolution in 2011 that overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Police stations and the headquarters for Essebsi's party were attacked.

Outgoing president Moncef Marzouki, who lost the election, appealed for calm and respect for the democratic process.