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Tunisia reveals final candidates for presidential poll

The poll was brought forward from November following Beji Caid Essebsi's death in July.

Tunisia flag. Picture: Supplied

TUNIS - Tunisia's electoral commission on Saturday announced a final list of 26 presidential candidates to stand in a 15 September poll to elect a successor to late leader Beji Caid Essebsi.

"There are 26 candidates for the 2019 presidential election," electoral commission (ISIE) head Nabil Baffoun told a press conference.

The poll was brought forward from November following Essebsi's death in July.

He had been elected in the wake of the 2011 revolt that overthrew former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Candidates to have been given the green light include Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, interim parliamentary speaker Abdelfattah Mourou and former defence minister Abdelkrim Zbidi.

They also include media magnate Nabil Karoui, despite his arrest on 23 August for alleged money laundering.

According to Baffoun, even convicted candidates can take part as long as the verdict against them does not specifically say they are banned from running in an election.

Karoui had been charged with money laundering in early July shortly after stating his intention to stand in the polls, but has remained a leading candidate.

The final list includes only two women - former tourism minister Salma Elloumi and Abir Moussi, who heads a group formed from the remnants of Ben Ali's ruling party.

Campaigning began Saturday abroad and will run from 2 to 13 September in Tunisia.

Tunisia has been praised as a rare case of democratic transition after the Arab Spring uprisings.

But it has struggled with repeated jihadist attacks, along with inflation and unemployment that have hit Chahed's popularity.

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