Tunisia: Saied, Karoui advance to run-off after topping polls

2019-09-17 19:31
A Tunisian casts his checked ballot in a box as he votes in the first free municipal elections since the 2011 revolution, at a polling station in Ben Arous near the capital Tunis. (File, AFP)

A Tunisian casts his checked ballot in a box as he votes in the first free municipal elections since the 2011 revolution, at a polling station in Ben Arous near the capital Tunis. (File, AFP)

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Independent candidate Kais Saied and imprisoned media mogul Nabil Karoui have advanced to a run-off after obtaining the most votes in Tunisia's September 15 presidential election.

Mistrust of the political establishment runs high in Tunisia, where unemployment is at 15% and the cost of living has risen by almost a third since 2016.

Saied, a fiercely independent academic, advocates radical decentralisation of power, with local democracy and the ability to remove elected officials from office during their mandates.

Karoui, who built his appeal on high-profile charity campaigns, is under investigation for alleged money laundering and has been in pre-trial detention since August 23.

The run-off vote will take place before October 23, the day when the interim leader Mohamed Ennaceur's mandate expires.

Tunisia will hold legislative elections on October 6.

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