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Tunisia’s Presidential Race Gears Up With 26 Candidates

Moncef Marzouki applies for presidential candidacy in Tunis on Aug. 07, 2019. 

Moncef Marzouki applies for presidential candidacy in Tunis on Aug. 07, 2019. 

Photographer: Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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Tunisian authorities said 26 people, including the prime minister, two women and a moderate Islamist, have preliminary approval to run in next month’s presidential election.

The varied line-up, which features former Defense Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi, the deputy head of the Islamist Ennahda Party, Abdelfattah Mourou, and premier Youssef Chahed, was announced Wednesday by Nabil Baffoun, head of the Independent High Authority for Elections. Another 71 would-be candidates were rejected, and a final list will be announced by Aug. 31 after appeals have been heard.