Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.
More than 7 million voters were called back to the polls on Sunday for the third time in less than a month to elect a new president who faces the challenge of taking the country out of its economic crisis. Independent constitutional law professor Kais Saied and his rival, businessman and media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate for the “Heart of Tunisia” party, competed Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections.
Tunisians will go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament. All indications are that voters will deliver a slap in the face to the existing parties. The expected punitive vote would probably favor younger candidates. Sunday’s elections will be the second since the new Constitution was ratified in 2014. Despite the democratic process, Tunisians live in difficult economic and social conditions. Observers expect that there will be a major shift in voter choices.
Tunisia’s former President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who stayed in power in the North African country for over two decades, has died in Saudi Arabia. Ben Ali’s death was confirmed by Mounir Ben Salha, the Ali’s family lawyer. “Ben Ali has just died in Saudi Arabia,” he told Reuters by phone. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry also confirmed the death of the former leader. “We had confirmation of his death 30 minutes ago,” the ministry said, without giving further details, as reported by the AFP.
Tunisia’s Independent High Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that candidates Kais Saied and Nabil Karoui will compete in the second round of presidential elections. While Ennahda congratulated the winners, the EU said the elections were transparent.
Kais Saied, a conservative law professor, and the detained media mogul, Nabil Karoui, will most likely square it out in an apparent second round of the Tunisian presidential election, according to the elections early results. “My win brings a big responsibility to change frustration to hope,” Saied said at a local radio station on Sunday. “It is a new step in Tunisian history . . . it is like a new revolution.”
Tunisia is ready to hold its second free presidential election since the 2011 revolution, which overthrew former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and sparked the Arab Spring. Elections have been planned since November last year, following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president.
Less than a month before presidential elections in Tunisia, one of the country’s leading candidates, businessman Nabil Karoui, was arrested on Friday, accused of money laundering. The arrest seriously jeopardizes his chances of ascending to the nation’s presidency. At the same time, a television channel that he owns, Nessma TV, one of the country’s favorite television channels, was banned from covering the electoral campaigns by the authorities.
Nearly 100 presidential candidates have filed their candidacy for the presidential election anticipated in Tunisia in the hope of succeeding Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected head of state following the Arab Spring country. In total, the names of 98 applicants interested in competing in the presidential election were recorded by the closing of registrations today. This was officially confirmed by the country’s Election commision (Isie).
Tunisia’s Ennahda has decided to nominate Abdel Fattah Mourou to run in early presidential elections. The decision to nominate Mourou, deputy leader of the movement, was made at a meeting of the group’s consultative council Tuesday evening. The elections are expected to be held on September 15. He was invited after the death of President Baji Kaid Essebsi last month.
At least 43 people have died and more than 60 have been injured in an aerial bombardment against the city of Al Murzuq (southwest of Libya) executed by the forces led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a local strong man, as reported by news sources citing a representative of the city council. Haftar’s forces, based in eastern Libya, say they targeted the city on Sunday evening but denied targeting civilians.
This double attack testifies to the resilience of certain terrorist groups in Tunisia, despite a general improvement in the security situation.
A policeman was killed and eight others injured in Tunis on Thursday (June 27th) in two different attacks in the city center and in front of a barracks of the National Guard, incidents testifying to the resilience of certain terrorist groups in Tunisia despite a general improvement of the security situation.