Tunisia’s presidential candidate Nabil Karoui received a hero’s welcome as he walked free from jail, just days ahead of a runoff against a political newcomer.
Tunisia’s electoral commission said on Tuesday law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui won the most votes in Sunday’s presidential election, beating veteran political leaders to advance to a second-round runoff.
Jailed Tunisian media magnate Nabil Karoui said he’s “reasonably optimistic” about winning Tunisia’s presidential runoff, where he is facing independent law professor Kais Saied.
Erdogan visited Tunisia on Wednesday to discuss cooperation for a possible ceasefire in neighbouring Libya. In a speech Thursday, he said Turkey and Tunisia agreed to support Libya's internationally recognised government of Fayez Al Serraj.
Basking in glory after becoming the first Arab female player to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam at the Australian Open last month, Tunisia’s rising star Ons Jabeur has upgraded her goals for 2020.
Tunisia’s electoral commission said on Wednesday the country’s presidential election runoff would take place on Oct.13 despite calls to postpone the vote by the party of a jailed frontrunner.
Tunisians voted for a new parliament on Sunday but quiet polling stations gave an indication of the economic disillusionment that has emerged since the 2011 revolution and brought political newcomers to challenge established parties.
Tunisia faced political deadlock on Monday after Sunday’s election delivered a fragmented parliament and no obvious path to forming a government that must urgently address chronic economic and fiscal problems.
The electoral commission announced on Monday that voters gave conservative political outsider Kais Saied a sweeping mandate to be Tunisia’s next president, thanks largely to young people who flocked to his side.