Candidate for the early presidential election Kais Saied announced that he will not campaign for the second round of the presidential election for "ethical reasons," in a statement issued on October 5.

Tunisian officials counting votes after the presidential election on September 15,2019.


Saied assured that he made the decision to avoid the ambiguity linked to the issue of the lack of equal opportunities in reference to his rival Nabil Karoui, detained in prison since August 23.

"For moral reasons and to avoid any conflict in relation to equal opportunities between candidates, I will not campaign," Saied said in his statement.

Saied, a law professor, led the first round of Tunisia's presidential election with 18.4 percent of the votes, followed by Karoui, leader of Heart of Tunisia party, with 15.58 percent of the votes, according to the results released on September 17 by the Independent High Authority for Elections.

Saied and Karoui would face off in the second round of the presidential election scheduled for October 13.

                                                                          Source: NDO

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