Voting underway in Tunisia – presidential runoff election

Polls are underway in Tunisia’s runoff presidential election between media magnate Nabil Karoui and conservative lawyer Kais Saied.

The two self-styled “outsider” candidates delivered a shock to the Tunisian political establishment when they came in the top two of 26 candidates during the first round of the election held on September 15.

Saied garnered 18.4 percent of votes while Karoui, who was released from prison just days ago, came second with 15.6 percent in the first round.

In the last hours of the campaign on Friday afternoon, the main avenue in Tunis was the site of two contrasting scenes.

At one end, Karoui’s campaign set up a stage with strobe lights and live music.

Karoui’s Qalb Tounes party emerged as the second-strongest in the newly elected parliament.

At the other, Saied supporters organised a more modest gathering, with poetry readings and amateur leaflets.

“I hope that all Tunisians will have pasta to eat every night,” Karoui said on stage, responding to the nickname “makrouna” (pasta), given to him because of the charity handouts that he is known for.

The 56-year-old businessman based his campaign on ending poverty and says he wants to increase presidential powers by expanding the definition of national security to include social and economic issues.

He has also says he wants to liberalise Tunisia‘s economy.

Source ; Aljazeera

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