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Tunisians vote for new president in run-off poll

Tunisians started voting on Sunday for a new president in a second and final round of the country’s presidential election. Voters are choosing between a media mogul and a retired law professor to help sustain the country’s democracy. Law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui emerged as outsiders in the first round of voting to head into the presidential run-off vote. Nabil Karoui, was only released from detention on Wednesday after spending most of the election campaign behind bars. He has been accused of corruption and is…

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Tunisians vote in legislative elections amid economic crisis

Tunisians started voting on Sunday in legislative elections weeks after voting in the first round of presidential election. A second round of voting in the presidential election will take place on October 13 and will be contested by two political outsiders – independent academic Kais Saied and jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui. Sunday’s parliamentary elections could decide whether Tunisians are gradually breaking away from established political parties or otherwise. Some 15,000 candidates running on party lists or as independents are vying for seats in the 217-seat parliament. Registered voters are…

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Former Tunisian President Ben Ali dies in exile

Tunisia’s ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile in Saudi Arabia. His family lawyer made the announcement on Thursday. Reuters quoted his family lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha saying “Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia.” He was outed in an uprising in 2011 forcing him to flee the country. Ben Ali has since lived abroad until his death. As a former security chief, Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 23 years. He took power in 1987 while serving as as prime minister after declaring president-for-life Habib Bourguiba medically…

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Tunisian presidential candidate Karoui to remain in jail

One of the two candidates to reach the presidential run-off contest in Tunisia, Nabil Karoui has failed to secure his release from prison. Nabil Karoui, 56 was unable to win an appeal case against his detention. He was detained last month on charges of money laundering and tax fraud, which he denies. He came second in the first round of voting despite being kept in prison. Tunisia’s electoral commission has said that Karoui can stay in the race so long as he has not been convicted. On Wednesday, a judge…

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Tunisia: Two outsiders to contest presidential runoff poll

Tunisia’s electoral commission has confirmed that a law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui will contest the presidential run-off vote. They are the two candidates out of the 26 that contested this month’s first round of votes who emerged top. According to the independent electoral commission Saied won 18.4% of votes and Karoui 15.6%. Abdelfattah Mourou of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party came third with 12.9%. In the first round a candidate needed a majority of votes to win the election. But since none of them won more…

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Tunisians vote for new leader in presidential election

Tunisians have been voting in a presidential election on Sunday as they choose a new leader following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi. This is the second time Tunisia is holding a free presidential election since 2011 when an uprising toppled ex-president Ben Ali. There are no overwhelming front-runners in this election though. Polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT at most polling centres. There are 26 candidates vying for the presidency including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and two former prime ministers. There is also a former president and the defence…

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Tunisia: 26 candidates approved for presidential race

Tunisia’s electoral commission on Wednesday sad it has approved 26 candidates to run for president next month. Those approved include two women, the electoral commission said. 71 other applicants were rejected after the commission received 98 nomination forms. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed got his candidacy approved as he faces a major task to win the presidential race. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary elections were originally…

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Tunisia: 98 candidates in race to become president

A total of 98 people including Tunisia’s prime minister have submitted their documents to run for president. The country’s electoral commission set Friday as deadline for registration of candidates. On Friday alone, 42 people registered their candidacy for the presidential election. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced on Thursday he would run for president and went ahead to submit his application. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary…

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Tunisia holds state funeral for President Essebsi

Tunisia is bidding farewell to President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday with a state funeral. Essebsi died on Thursday aged 92, after suffering from an illness. He was prominent in the Tunisian political history after taking over as an elected president in 2014. Essebsi came into office following the Arab uprisings across the region which forced former Tunisian President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali out of office in 2011 after 23 years in office. He was first drafted in as premier after Ben Ali’s fall. Essebsi in 2012 founded the secular…

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Tunisia’s 92-year old president Essebsi dies

The President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi has reportedly died aged 92, according to the presidency. He was taken back to the hospital this week for medical treatment and was admitted into intensive care. His son Hafedh Caid Essebsi had said in a statement that his father’s health had worsened and “things are not going well.” That was the third time he was being treated there in a matter of weeks. The 92-year-old until his death was the world’s oldest sitting president. Mr Essebsi has been prominent in the Tunisian…

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