- Title: Tunisian presidential candidate Kais Saied votes in parliamentary election
- Date: 6th October 2019
- Summary: TUNIS, TUNISIA (OCTOBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TUNISIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, KAIS SAIED, STANDING IN LINE OUTSIDE POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF SAIED REGISTERING TO VOTE VARIOUS OF SAIED AT VOTING BOOTH VARIOUS OF SAIED WALKING TOWARD BALLOT BOX AND CASTING VOTE KAIS SAIED POSING FOR PICTURE WITH TUNISIAN CITIZEN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, KAIS SAIED, SAYING: "The absence of a presidential campaign is for ethical reasons. I personally decided not to pursue any electoral actions in protection of the electoral process, however I call on youth from all sides to continue the course by which they changed history, and to continue this with full perseverance and strength for next Sunday's presidential election." PEOPLE WALKING PAST POLLING STATION SAIED GETTING IN CAR SAIED'S CAR LEAVING
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- Keywords: Tunisia parliamentary elections presidential candidate votes Kais Saied
- Location: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- City: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- Country: Tunisia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text: Independent presidential candidate Kais Saied voted in Tunisia's parliamentary election on Sunday (October 6), a week before the country holds a presidential runoff vote.
Tunisians were voting for a parliament that must address chronic economic problems at a moment when political newcomers are mounting a challenge to the established parties.
Saied, a retired law professor with conservative social views, found success in the first round of the presidential election on Sept. 15 along with media mogul Nabil Karoui.
The businessman was jailed in August on charges of money laundering and tax evasion but his supporters claim he was imprisoned just ahead of the elections as he was leading the polls.
Saied said he stopped campaigning before the runoff vote for ethical reasons as it would have created an unfair advantage over his jailed opponent.
While the president directly controls foreign and defence policy, the largest party in parliament nominates the prime minister, who forms a government that shapes most domestic policy.
Any government that emerges from Sunday's election will face the competing demands of improving services and the economy while further reining in Tunisia's high public debt, a message pushed by international lenders.
(Production: Sayed Sheashaa, Muhammed Abughaneya, Seham Eloraby, Vin Shahrestani)
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