Tunisia passes law which bans leading candidate from contesting Presidential elections

epa03006868 Nabil Karoui, Director of Tunisian private television channel Nessma TV, looks on during his appearance in court in Tunis, Tunisia, 17 November 2011. Reports said Karoui is facing trial over broadcasting an animated film depicting God in October. Broadcasting ?Persepolis?, a film by French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi about the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution, sparked protests and violence in Tunisia between people opposing the showing of the film and others calling for media freedom. EPA/STR

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A leading presidential candidate in Tunisia has been banned from running after parliament passed an amendment to the country’s electoral law.

Tunisia’s parliament passed the amendment to its electoral law on Tuesday which bars businessman Nabil Karoui, owner of a private TV station critical of the government, from running for president in a vote expected later this year.

The amendment says that Tunisia’s elections commission must reject candidates who benefit from “charitable associations” or foreign funding during the year before an election.

“It is a law dedicated to my exclusion from the race after polls revealed that millions of Tunisians intend to vote for me,” Karoui told Reuters.

Via Reuters / Euronews / Middle East Eye 

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