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Tunisia: Candidates Submit Papers for Early Elections

Tunisia: Candidates Submit Papers for Early Elections

Saturday, 3 August, 2019 - 07:30
Nabil Karoui submits his candidacy for September polls
Tunis- Al Mongi Al Saidani
Presidential hopefuls in Tunisia began registering their candidacies on Friday at the headquarters of the Independent High Authority for Elections for snap September polls, called after the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi on July 25.

The deadline for submitting candidacies is August 9, amid forecasts that candidates would reach up to 30. The first round of the elections would be held on Sep. 15, knowing that it was originally scheduled for Nov.

Head of the Democratic Patriots' Unified Party Mongi Rahoui submit his papers first and was followed by Head of the Heart of Tunisia Party Nabil Karoui who garnered the recommendation of 13 deputies.

Lately, Karoui established the Heart of Tunisia Party to run for the presidential and parliamentary elections, after being excluded being the founder a community association.

Other candidates who submitted their papers are: President of the Democratic Current Mohamed Abbou, Head of the Republican People's Union (L’Union Populaire Républicaine) Lotfi Mraihi, Law specialist Nidal Karim, independent political activist Mounir Joumai, International Counselor at Law Division Hamdi Alia, and Presidente of the Free Destourian Party (Free Constitutional Party) Abir Moussi.

The final list of presidential candidates will be announced on August 31, said the Independent High Authority for Elections, adding that the order of candidates in the ballot paper is directly linked to the date of approving the candidacy. This explains the candidates' rush to submit their candidacies at the authority's headquarters.

In the same context, great political parties anticipate the candidacy of political figures such as Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Defense Minister Abdul Karim al-Zubaidi, and former Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.

Ennahda Party seems to have an intention to back Zubaidi in case it does not present one of its figures to run in the polls. However, Ennahda leaders are pushing otherwise, calling for nominating a figure from the central command of the presidential elections or supporting Hammadi Jabali, the former secretary-general of the party.

As for Nidaa Tounes, it is likely to vote in favor of Zubaidi who had tight ties with the founder of the party.

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