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Tunisia’s PM Chahed begins campaign for president

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Tunisia Prime Minister Youssef Chahed who is the leader of the secular Tahya Tounes party on Friday, August, 9 confirmed that he will be taken part in the upcoming presidential election coming up on September 15.

While speaking to his Tahya Tounes Party on Thursday, Chahed said he his ready to assume the great responsibility. ” It is a big responsibility and I know something about that”.

Following the death of the former President Beji Caid Essebsi, the first president to be democratically elected in Tunisia after the popular uprising in 2011, comes the September 15 election which is been viewed as to be very competitive.

Prominent nominees include Former president Moncef Marzouki, Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi, Ex-premier Mehdi Jemaa and business Nabil Karoui, the owner of private Nessma TV, Abdel Fattah Morou, Vice president of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Tunisia’s largest political group.

” The president must have clean hands. Tunisia needs a president to challenge old mindsets and restore hope among young people”. said Chahed after submitting his candidacy with dozens of political allies, artist and supporters.

The coming elections will be the third set of polls in which Tunisians have been able to vote freely since the 2011 uprising.

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