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Tunisia approves 26 candidates to run for president in Sept vote

Tunis: Twenty-six candidates, including two women, have been approved to run in Tunisia’s early presidential elections slated for September 15, the country’s electoral commission announced on Wednesday. The 26 were accepted out of a total of 97 hopefuls who had submitted applications to run for president, head of the commission Nabil Baffoun told a press conference. Among the approved candidates are Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi and media mogul Nabil Karoui. They also include Abdelfattah Morou of the influential moderate Islamist Ennahda movement, former president Moncef Marzouki and former PM Mehdi Jomaa. (DPA)

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