Tunisia election’s credibility questioned

epa07870979 A Tunisian man walks looks at posters of lists for the upcoming legislative elections in Tunis, Tunisia, 26 September 2019. The Parliamentary elections will be held on 06 October in Tunisia. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED MESSARA

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Detained Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui’s inability to campaign is affecting the credibility of the elections and the country’s image, interim president Mohamed Ennaceur said on Friday.

Karoui, is described as a media mogul, and was jailed since August on corruption charges. Despite that and no political experience, he advanced to the second round in the election along with a relatively unknown law professor, Kais Said.

The head of the electoral commission, Nabil Bafoun, on Wednesday said he was in contact with national judicial officials as well as the judge in Karaoui’s case, who has ruled against freeing the candidate. He says he is reminding them that both presidential hopefuls deserve “equal opportunities” for a democratic election.

Via AP / Reuters 

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