- Title: A professor and a media mogul compete in Tunisian presidential runoff
- Date: 9th October 2019
- Summary: TUNIS, TUNISIA (OCTOBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS) SAIED STANDING IN LINE OUTSIDE POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF SAIED AT VOTING BOOTH VARIOUS OF SAIED WALKING TOWARD BALLOT BOX AND CASTING VOTE
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2019 00:08
- Keywords: Tunisia Tunis Presidential Election Kais Saied Nabil Karoui Runoff Vote Profile
- Location: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- City: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- Country: Tunisia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA002B0DKTON
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Two political outsiders will contest next week's Tunisian presidential runoff on Sunday (October 13).
Kais Saied, an independent goes head to head against Nabil Karoui, a media mogul detained on corruption charges which he denies.
Karoui was arrested in August on charges of money-laundering and tax fraud, and has contested the election from a jail cell pending his trial.
His rival Saied, a retired law professor with conservative social views, has been backed in next week's vote by the moderate Islamist party, Ennahda.
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, including on the economy.
Unemployment, 15% nationally and 30% in some cities, is higher than it was under the former autocrat, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who died last month in exile in Saudi Arabia.
If Karoui loses, he might appeal to overturn the result citing his detention.
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