Tunisia Slashes Field Ahead Of Presidential Poll
Faizan Hashmi 4 months ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 01:10 AM
Tunis, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Aug, 2019 ) :Tunisia's electoral commission has rejected nearly three quarters of hopefuls for next month's presidential election, accepting just two women as candidates, it said Wednesday.
Among 71 would-be candidates rejected was Mounir Baatour -- an openly gay lawyer whose bid was denounced by 18 associations campaigning for LGBTIQ rights who say he does not represent them.
The electoral commission said he was barred because he failed to gather the required 10,000 signatures.
The Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party's candidate Abdelfattah Mourou was also approved.
Tunisia has been praised as a rare case of democratic transition after the Arab Spring uprisings.
But it has struggled with repeated jihadist attacks, along with inflation and unemployment that have hit Chahed's popularity.
Rejected presidential candidates can lodge appeals and the final list is set to be published by the end of August, the commission said.