The parliamentary race is expected to be fought closely by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the more secular Tahya Tounes party of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and the Nidaa Tounes party led by Hafedh Caid Essebsi, the president’s son.
The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The UAE has condemned the series of suicide and terror explosions that targeted a security patrol and police station in the heart of Tunisia’s capital city, Tunis, on Thursday.
Essebsi, 92, "was taken seriously ill and transferred to the military hospital in Tunis," the presidency said on its Facebook page.
A Tunisian man and his German wife will stand trial from Friday, charged with planning a foiled biological bomb attack in Germany with the deadly poison ricin.
Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Vietnam and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were elected to the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday as the top UN body struggles to agree on how to confront global conflicts.
King Salman told Arab monarchs, presidents and prime ministers at the meeting that his country "absolutely rejects" any measures affecting Syria's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Essebsi, who helped guide the North African country's transition to democracy after the 2011 revolution, died aged 92 on Thursday.
Thousands of Tunisians on Saturday attended the funeral of president Beji Caid Essebsi as the North African nation gears up for snap elections as early as September to defend the democratic gains of the Arab Spring.