Tunisians gear up to vote in presidential election



About 7 million Tunisians are expected to vote in a new president tomorrow, Saturday 15th following the demise of President Beji Caid Essebsi earlier this year.

Election authorities have confirmed the participation of 26 presidential candidates, including several political heavyweights.

Days before the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, the fledgling democracy began three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a rare event in the Arab world – AFP

Observers expect that the elections to choose a president who will rule the country for 5 years will go to a runoff vote if no candidate achieves an absolute majority. The second round is scheduled to take place in early November, following a parliamentary vote in October.

Many observers and opinion polls have shortlisted six candidates as the main contenders for the top government job.