Voting starts in Tunisian presidential election

  • Sunday 15, September 2019 12:42 PM
  • Voting starts in Tunisian presidential election
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Tunisians began casting votes in an unpredictable presidential election on Sunday ,September 15, where there is no overwhelming front-runner, with the young democracy's economic ills dominating the agenda.
Polling stations opened at 8am (0700 GMT) from the capital Tunis on the Mediterranean coastline to the cork forests of the northwest, the mining towns of the interior and sand-swept Saharan villages in the south.

Tunisia threw off autocratic rule eight years ago in a revolution that inspired "Arab Spring" revolts in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria, but it alone has enjoyed a smooth, peaceful transition to democracy.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, as well as two former prime ministers, a former president and the defence minister are also among the 26 candidates hoping to win outright or, if none of them win more than 50%, to advance to a second round run-off.