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.